Arsenal under-18s returned to winning ways with a 3-1 victory over Ipswich at the training ground today. Kris Olsson was particularly to the fore, scoring one and creating another for Philip Roberts, whilst substitute Josh Rees also got on the scoresheet. Arsenal also missed a penalty late on.
subs: Rees (For Fagan, 54), Glasgow, Campbell, Charles-Cook.
Arsenal took the lead with virtually the first attack of the game, Olsson drifting inside to fire home with aplomb after just three minutes.
Nigel Neita was the next to try his luck after being played through by Roberts, but dragged his shot wide, before Olsson tested the Ipswich goalkeeper again with a shot from distance.
Sean McDermott remained relatively untroubled in the Arsenal goal, with most of Ipswich’s few chances missing the target. At the other end, Roberts had a fierce shot saved and a penalty appeal turned down, and the Gunners went on to create the first opportunity of the second period, Hector Bellerin having a tame shot saved.
Ipswich, though, suddenly sparked into life and, after seeing a header go just wide, the visitors equalised when Bennett struck a low shot past McDermott from outside the area.
Shortly afterwards, McDermott had to be alert to prevent Arsenal from falling behind by saving Marriott’s effort. Arsenal would restore their lead almost instantly though, and Olsson was involved again, with the Swede’s corner being turned home by Roberts.
Neita wasted another chance before Rees, on for Zach Fagan, continued his good goalscoring form of late with a well struck effort to make it 3-1.
There would be more drama late on as Roberts spurned an acrobatic effort before being brought down for a last-minute penalty. Neita stepped up to take it but, in the manner of a player who has scored just four goals in 48 appearances at this level, he missed.
Arsenal face Crystal Palace next week and are still in with a chance of Premier Academy League success.