Arsenal U21s maintained their scintillating start to the season as they prevailed past their Newcastle United counterparts on Friday in a game that had a flurry of late goals.
With Newcastle down to ten men following the dismissal of Callum Williams, Arsenal sought to take advantage, and they did just that courtesy of goals from Alex Iwobi and Stephy Mavididi, which ensured that the young Gunners recorded their fourth successive victory of the campaign despite Alex Gilliead’s late consolation for the hosts.
In contrast to previous seasons, it has been a very settled Arsenal U21 side so far this campaign, a point evidenced by the fact that the only alteration to the team for this fixture was in goal, where Ryan Huddart replaced Matt Macey.
Newcastle named a strong side, with Huddart called into action early on to deny summer arrival Ivan Toney, but Arsenal responded with Mavididi’s header striking the post and Kaylen Hinds, who has started the season in good form, shooting over.
Newcastle continued to pose a threat to Huddart’s goal, with Toney’s fierce effort rattling the crossbar, but the changed after the interval when Williams was dismissed for a foul on Mavididi.
That handed Arsenal the initative, and they seized it, with Iwobi and Mavididi scoring in quick succession from close range.
Gilliead’s excellent strike ensured a nervous finish, but Arsenal, having already secured three home wins, managed to hold on for their first