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Match report: St Albans City 0-1 Arsenal U21

Arsenal U21 v St Albans City

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Clarence Park
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WHAT HAPPENED

We picked up an impressive 1-0 win against National League South side St Albans City in a pre-season friendly on Monday night.

A crowd of over 2,000 fans made the trip to Clarence Park as Mehmet Ali's young charges hoped to end their pre-season campaign on a high. 

The match almost got off to the worst possible start for us as the hosts had the ball in the back of the net inside 10 minutes, but we were saved by the linesman's flag after Shaun Jeffers was adjudged as offside following his header.

St Albans continued their early spell of dominance as Jeffers forced James Hillson into a smart low save after racing through one-on-one.

Mauro Bandeira had our first real chance of the match midway through the half, stinging the palms of Michael Johnson after being afforded time to shoot from 25 yards out.

Ben Cottrell's night was cut short through injury, with Catalin Cirjan coming off the bench to continue his return from a lengthy lay-off and looked sharp in midfield as we went into the break level.

It was Cirjan who almost gave us the lead shortly after the interval, our midfielder's free-kick rattling the post from 20 yards out.

As the clock ticked past the hour mark, the deadlock was finally broken and in style too, Joel Ideho spotting Loris Marcimin off his line and lobbing the goalkeeper from all of 40 yards with incredible precision.

Substitute goalkeeper Tom Smith produced an impressive diving low to keep out Lorenzo Johnson's close-range header as the host piled on the pressure in the closing stages.

Our young side held on to claim a hard-fought victory against the Nations League South outfit and round off our impressive pre-season campaign 

WHAT IT MEANS

Our Premier League 2 campaign gets underway when we face Manchester United on Saturday, August 6.

Kick-off at Boreham Wood is 1pm (UK time).

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Match report: West Ham 2-3 Arsenal U21

Arsenal U21 team celebration away against West Ham

WHAT HAPPENED

We picked up our second win in as many Premier League 2 matches on Friday night, beating West Ham 3-2 at Rush Green.

Marquinhos made his second start for Mehmet Ali's side after impressing against Manchester United and it was the Brazilian who would prove to be the matchwinner once more.

We didn't have things all our own way in the opening exchanges and the hosts took an early lead through Kamarai Swyer, the Hammers midfielder capitalising of a Zach Awe error to snatch the ball and finish beyond Tom Smith.

We found ourselves level almost instantly from the restart, Marquinhos finding space at the back post to head home after James Olayinka's chipped cross at the end of a marauding run.

Khayon Edwards almost put us ahead midway through the half, exchanging passes well with Miguel Azeez in midfield, before seeing his instinctive effort cleared off the line in miraculous fashion.

Marquinhos scored our second moments before the break, rising well in a crowded penalty area to find the top corner with a glancing header from Charles Sagoe Jr's lofted ball.

Ali's men didn't have to wait too long for another after the interval, Olayinka turning provider to finish with aplomb past after a defence-splitting pass from Matt Smith found the midfielder in space in the penalty area.

Mipo Odubeko's reduced the deficit against the run of play midway through the second half, racing through one-on-one and firing low beyond Smith.

Edwards then came agonisingly close to scoring once more, his goal-bound strike heroically blocked by the Hammers backline after yet more good play from Olayinka to find our striker.

Smith was forced into action in the closing stages to deny Swyer with a reflex save to tip the midfielder's effort over the bar.

We withstood West Ham's late pressure to claim successive wins in our opening two matches of the Premier League 2 season.


WHAT IT MEANS

We sit third in the Premier League 2 table after two wins from our opening two matches.

WHAT'S NEXT

We're back in Premier League 2 action on Saturday, August 20, when we host Chelsea.

Kick-off at Meadow Park is 2pm (UK time).

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