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Report: Ipswich Town 2-0 Arsenal U21

Mauro Bandeira in action for Arsenal U-21s

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Highlights | Ipswich Town 2-0 Arsenal U21s (A)

We suffered our first defeat of the season on Tuesday night, going down 2-0 against Ipswich Town in the Papa Johns Trophy group stage at Portman Road.

Mehmet Ali was without a number of key players due to international call-ups, so handed a debut at this level to full-back Elian Quesada-Thorn as part of a new-look starting XI.

The match got off to the worst possible start for us inside three minutes, Dominic Ball firing the hosts into the lead, beating Hubert Graczyk from close range after we failed to deal with a corner to the back post.

We had to withstand more early pressure from our League One opponents, but began to find our rhythm midway through the first half, Matt Smith and Mauro Bandeira dictating the tempo from midfield.

Nathan Butler-Oyedeji continued to test Ipswich's backline with dangerous runs in behind, while Charles Sagoe Jr also looked sharp as we pressed for an equaliser before the break.

Ali made a triple change at the break, introducing Bradley Ibrahim, Reuell Walters and Cirjan Catalin, with the latter making an instant impact with a number of inventive through balls.

We continued to have the majority of possession, but struggled to convert our dominance into clear-cut chances to test Vaclav Hladky in the Ipswich goal.

The hosts made us pay in front of goal and wrapped up all three points with five minutes left to play, Freddie Ladapo racing in behind and finishing beyond Graczyk after we tried to play an offside trap.

On the final whistle, our young Gunners went over to applaud the 300-plus travelling supporters who made the journey to Portman Road.

U21s: Ipswich Town (A) | Mehmet Ali interview



We drop to second place in Group P, ahead of our final fixture in the group stage against Northampton Town.


U21s: Ipswich Town (A) | Taylor Foran interview


We're in Premier League Cup action next, when we travel to Burnley on Friday, September 23.

Kick-off at Lancashire FA is at 1pm (UK time).


Starting XI: Graczyk, Sweet, Foran, Awe, Quesada-Thorn, M.Smith, Bandeira, Henry-Francis, Taylor-Hart, Butler-Oyedeji, Sagoe Jr

Substitutes: Hillson, Kacurri, Walters, Ibrahim, Ideho, Cirjan, Vigar

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U21s report: Burnley 1-3 Arsenal

Mehmet Ali



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.


U21s: Burnley (A) | Mehmet Ali interview


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


U21s: Burnley (A) | Joel Ideho interview


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).


U21s: Burnley (A) | Josh Robinson interview


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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