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Whole series of 'Inside Hale End' available now

If you've enjoyed watching the first three episodes of 'Inside Hale End', then you can now watch the second half of the series following the release of the final three episodes.

The series - presented by Arsenal and adidas - follows the paths of our under-15 and under-16 squads last season, taking an in-depth glimpse into their lives and what it means to be an aspiring footballer.

All six episodes are now available here on Arsenal.com.

For the first time, cameras were allowed on-site to follow academy manager Per Mertesacker, under-15s coach Adam Pilling and the under-16s' Adam Birchall as they help the next generation plot a course from Hale End to London Colney, thanks to their first professional contract.

If you're not a member, then you can watch the first four episodes on Arsenal.com.  To access the final two episodes - find out how to become a member and the benefits it brings.

The series covers various topics that the Hale End staff and players must face during a season at the academy. These include the 2021/22 cup run, how scouts identify talent for the academy, life on the road and player graduation.

Mertesacker said: “This club has such a rich history of identifying and nurturing young talent. From legends like Tony Adams, Cesc Fabregas and Jack Wilshere, to more current graduates like Bukayo Saka, Eddie Nketiah and Emile Smith Rowe, the Hale End Academy has proven itself as the lifeblood of Arsenal.

“This new documentary will be the first of its kind, offering no-holds-barred access into how a Premier League youth academy runs itself. We will hopefully show people the values that Arsenal instils in its young players from an early age and the strength and determination that go into any given season, along with all the ups and downs along the way. Our vision is to ultimately create Strong Young Gunners.”

If you're interested in 'Inside Hale End', you can gain further insight into the goings-on at first-team level with 'Arsenal: All Or Nothing,' which is available to watch now on Amazon Prime Video

Post-Match Report

U21s report: Burnley 1-3 Arsenal

Mehmet Ali

WHAT HAPPENED

04:00

Highlights | Burnley 1-3 Arsenal U21s (A)

We made it back-to-back wins in the Premier League Cup on Friday afternoon, as we beat Burnley 3-1 away from home.

Mehmet Ali's side were hoping to get back to winning ways after their midweek defeat in Ipswich Town in the Papa Johns Trophy and got off to the perfect start inside seven minutes.

We took the lead through a moment of magic from Joel Ideho, the Dutchman cutting inside from the left and firing into the bottom corner from outside the box to score his second goal of the season in the Premier League Cup.

We continued our early dominance against an experienced Burnley side and doubled our advantage just 10 minutes later, Mauro Bandeira registering his first goal at this level, converting from the spot after good work from the returning George Lewis to win the penalty.

Burnley began to mount significant pressure on our backline as the half drew to a close, with James Hillson forced into several important saves, before a goal-line block from Josh Robinson denied the hosts a certain goal minutes before the break.

Michael Mellon pulled one back for the hosts 10 minutes after the restart, the forward prodding the ball beyond Hillson at the near post, despite Elian Quesada-Thorn's best efforts to clear it off the line.

We responded emphatically just minutes later, Ideho completing his brace at the end of another solo run and firing across Denis Franchi to ensure we left Burnley with our second win in the Premier League Cup group stage.

02:45

U21s: Burnley (A) | Mehmet Ali interview


WHAT IT MEANS

We remain top of Group G in the Premier League Cup with two wins from as many matches played.

01:23

U21s: Burnley (A) | Joel Ideho interview


WHAT'S NEXT

We return to Premier League 2 action on Saturday, October 1, when we travel to Liverpool.

Kick-off at the Liverpool Academy is at 2pm (UK time).

01:43

U21s: Burnley (A) | Josh Robinson interview


TEAM NEWS

Starting XI: Hillson, Robinson, Kacurri, Walters (C), Quesada-Thorn, Ibrahin, Bandeira, Dudziak, Ideho, Lewis, Vigar

Subs: Rojas, Foran, Nichols, Gower, Taylor-Hart

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