Report: Nketiah and Mavididi score as five-star Arsenal XI thrash Leyton Orient


Pre-season friendly

Leyton Orient 1 Arsenal XI 5 (Bielik, Akpom, Mavididi, Jenkinson, Nketiah)

Krystian Bielik, Chuba Akpom, Stephy Mavididi, Carl Jenkinson and Eddie Nkeitah were all on the scoresheet as a strong Arsenal XI concluded their pre-season preparations with a 5-1 victory away to Leyton Orient tonight.

It was an impressive display by Arsenal, with Jeff Reine-Adelaide especially catching the eye, and the only negative was the injury that saw Akpom have to be substituted in the first half.

Arsenal named the same starting line-up that thrashed Boreham Wood last week, with first-team players Mathieu Debuchy, Jenkinson, Reine-Adelaide and Akpom all starting again.

The only changes to the teamsheet were on the bench, where goalkeeperRyan Huddart replaced Hugo Keto, while midfielder Ismael Bennacer, who has been linked with a loan move to Fenerbahce, wasn’t included in the squad



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Subs: Huddart, Malen, McGuane, Johnson, Mourgos.

Arsenal started off extremely brightly, with Akpom seeing a shot saved in the first minute before Cohen Bramall, who featured for the first-team in the Emirates Cup at the weekend, caused Orient some difficulty with a dangerous cross.

With just three minutes gone Arsenal were in front through an unlikely source as Bielik finished well from six yards out.

The young Gunners, if they could be referred to as such, were relentless in their approach and soon doubled their advantage courtesy of Akpom, who applied the finishing touch to a slick passing move in which Reine-Adelaide was heavily involved.

Jenkinson then shot over from a free-kick, with Orient subsequently starting to impose themselves on the game, calling Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Macey into action.

Arsenal started to create chances again, with Mavididi coming close to scoring, but their momentum was disrupted a little when Akpom hobbled off and was replaced by Donyell Malen.

Before the break, though, it was 3-0, with Mavididi scoring his third goal of pre-season with a fine finish.

There was another change for Arsenal at the interval with Chiori Johnson replacing Bielik.

Orient were impressive early in the second half and Debuchy had to be alert to cut out the danger on one occasion.

However, it was soon 4-0 to Arsenal, with Jenkinson scoring from close range.

To their credit, Orient continued to push forwards when the opportunity arose and they were rewarded when Macauley Bonne scored a consolation goal.

Arsenal then made two more alterations as Marcus McGuane and Savvas Mourgos replaced Reine-Adelaide and Bramall.

Bonne headed over as Orient sought to reduce the deficit further but Arsenal remained in the ascendancy and it was 5-1 when Nketiah reacted quickly to score after his initial back heel was saved.

The win rounds off an impressive pre-season for the second-string, although it remains to be seen where many of these players will be playing during the campaign.

via @AFCFixtureNews and @LeytonOrient




  1. Bramall is getting some game time, first team and u23s. To be totally honest, I thought Debuchy was good yet again and at the moment he could be more useful to us than cazorla and Wilshire. If we don’t sign another cb and the others don’t get fit before Leicester, I see no reason not to use him, at least until the squads are named. I mean would he really be any worse than Mertesacker?

  2. Jeorge, how do you see Pleguezuelo now, does the advent of three at the back give him a better chance of making progress towards the senior squad?

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