U21s preview: Arsenal v Manchester City

21s pre City

Premier League 2 football returns to Meadow Park at 7pm on Friday night, just five days on from our 6-3 win over Brighton & Hove Albion.

We’re currently second in the division, five points behind Tottenham Hotspur, who have won every game.

Manchester City Under-21s are the visitors this week and, ahead of the game, here is everything you need to know:

Last time out

It was an eventful game at Meadow Park on Sunday afternoon as we were full of attacking intent in our 6-3 win over Brighton.

Goals from Bradley Ibrahim, Khayon Edwards and Jack Henry-Francis saw us go 4-0 up in 38 minutes, before Mark O’Mahony pulled one back on the brink of half-time.

We increased our lead again through Amario Cozier-Duberry early in the second half, but another couple of goals from O’Mahony and Josh Duffus made the game slightly more nervy than it needed to be.

Nevertheless, Cozier-Duberry scored his second in style with three minutes remaining to wrap up the win.

Struggling City

It’s been a disappointing start to the season for Man City, who find themselves 21st in the division with just five points from seven games.

The campaign began with a 5-0 defeat at home to Spurs, followed by a 2-1 loss at Fulham and an engaging 4-4 draw against Aston Villa.

City perhaps looked to have turned a corner following a 4-0 win at Newcastle, but that was followed by a 2-1 loss at home to Chelsea, a 2-2 draw at home to West Ham United and, most recently, a 4-2 defeat away to Derby County.

It was also a frightful Halloween for City, who lost 3-0 away to Bradford City in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night.

Last time we met

We’ll be hoping to avoid a repeat of our previous game against City. In May, the then-champions put three past us without reply courtesy of goals from Micah Hamilton, Ben Knight and Carlos Borges.

City also beat us 6-0 last season, so we’ll be keen to give a better account of ourselves this week.

How to follow

Friday night’s game will be streamed live on and the official app, the broadcast beginning at 6.55pm with commentary from Harry Symeou and former Gunner Jeremie Aliadiere.

Just log in or sign up to watch on your desktop or via the official club app. Download the latest version on iOS or Android.

We will be providing updates throughout the game on our Arsenal Academy Twitter page, and there will be a match report published on after the final whistle.

We will also be sharing post-match interviews with Mehmet Ali and one of his young Gunners, as well as highlights of all the action.

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