Arsenal U23s eager to win the title at West Ham tonight


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It is already a significant day for Arsenal Football Club but it could also prove to be notable for another reason, with the Gunners’ U23 side having the opportunity to clinch the league title tonight.

Arsenal have not won the U23 league or equivalent since 1990 and a victory away to West Ham United at London Stadium will end that wait, although there is still a strong possibility that they could be crowned champions afterwards if other results go their way.

Steve Gatting’s side have played some excellent, free-flowing football at times this season and will certainly be worthy champions if indeed they do manage to win the title.

Goalkeeper Deyan Iliev should be fit to face West Ham despite being kicked in the head against Swansea last week, although Konstantinos Mavropanos is doubtful due to injury.

Arsenal may also have to cope without some or all of Eddie Nketiah, Reiss Nelson or Joe Willock, who could be needed for the first-team against the same opponents this weekend, but Gatting should still be able to field a strong side.

There are further trophies up for grabs for Arsenal at youth level this season, with the club through to the finals of both the Premier League International Cup and the FA Youth Cup.

Winning the league would certainly be special, however, and it would be testament to the development that many of these players have undergone throughout the course of the season.

Right-back Jordi Osei-Tutu, for instance, has gone from a rookie to a regular, while Josh Dasilva has been a powerhouse in midifeld and Vlad Dragomir has also improved immensely.

Matters took a slight turn for the worse following an exodus of players on loan in January, but Arsenal have managed to recover, with the likes of Xavier Amaechi, Tyreece John-Jules and Folarin Balogun all adapting to this level with ease.

Now it is time to complete the job, and, based on how they have performed to this point, you would expect Arsenal to prevail.

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