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Under-23s to play Villarreal at Emirates Stadium

Under-23s celebrate against Zagreb

Our under-23s are set to face Villarreal in the Premier League International Cup semi-final - and we can now confirm that the game will be played at Emirates Stadium.

We reached the final four of this competition thanks to Josh Dasilva’s 87th-minute winner against Dinamo Zagreb, and will now face Villarreal on Tuesday, April 10.

Kick-off is at 7pm and ticket information will be released in due course.

Post-Match Report

U-23s: Arsenal 3-1 Chelsea - How it happened

Eddie Nketiah celebrates for the under-23s

By Aidan Small at London Colney


A stunning Eddie Nketiah display helped us beat Chelsea and climb to second place in the Premier League 2. 

It was Chelsea who scored first through Kyle Scott, who received the ball on the edge of the box and rifled his effort past Dejan Iliev.

But before Chelsea could gain control of the game, a thumping close-range strike from Nketiah drew us level. That was the 18-year-old’s 10th league goal this season.

We continued to apply pressure and gained our reward through Tyreece John-Jules, who found the bottom corner with an instinctive flicked effort. The referee originally deemed the goal to be offside but pointed to the halfway line after consulting with his linesman.

Tyreece John-Jules

The remainder of the first half proved to be a cagey affair with both sides showing greater resilience in defence. 

We started the second half looking to extend our lead. Nketiah watched on as his goal-bound volley was blocked, before Jordi Osei-Tutu’s long-range effort sailed just over. 

Reiss Nelson extended our lead when his whipped free-kick from the left inadvertently found the back of the net.

We went on to dominate possession over the remaining half-hour to see out the game with great maturity.


We’ve jumped up to second place and sit one point below league leaders Leicester City with a game in hand. Liverpool are now two points below us in third place. 


Steve Gatting’s side now turn their attention to their Premier League 2 clash with Liverpool on April 6. 

Eddie Nketiah


Internationals: Five named in England youth squads

Eddie Nketiah

A number of our youngsters have been called up to England’s youth squads for this month’s international break.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been named in Aidy Boothroyd’s under-21 squad for their games against Romania and Ukraine.
They face Romania in the Cyrille Regis International before taking on Ukraine in a European qualifier, as they look to strengthen their position in qualifying for next summer’s European Championship.
Josh Dasilva has been called up to Keith Downing’s under-20s squad for their friendlies against Poland and Portugal on March 22 and March 27, respectively.
Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock have been named in Paul Simpson’s under-19s squad for their European Elite Round qualifiers in Macedonia.
The Young Lions face opposition from Hungary on March 21, Latvia on March 24 and Macedonia on March 27 in Skopje as they bid to seal a place in the Euro finals this summer.


FA Youth Cup semi-final dates confirmed

We reached the FA Youth Cup semi-final with a 5-1 win over Colchester United - and now we can confirm when we will face Blackpool in the penultimate round of the competition.

Our under-18s will travel to north west England on Tuesday, March 20 at Bloomfield Road for the first leg, before hosting the Tangerines at Emirates Stadium on Monday, April 16.

Full fixture details below:

First leg
Blackpool Under-18s v Arsenal Under-18s
Tuesday, March 20
Kick-off 7pm
At Blackpool FC
Second leg
Arsenal Under-18s v Blackpool Under-18s
Monday, April 16
Kick-off 7pm
At Emirates Stadium

Also, our Premier League 2 fixture against Chelsea, recently postponed due to bad weather, has been re-dated as under:
Arsenal Under-23s v Chelsea Under-23s
Saturday, March 17
Kick-off 12pm
At Colney Training Ground (behind closed doors)