Report – Burton scores and assists as Arsenal U23s beat Leicester to continue impressive form

Premier League 2

Leicester City 1 (Wright 30) Arsenal 2 (Omole 20, Burton 61 (pen))

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Arsenal U23s continued their impressive form with a 2-1 victory away to a strong Leicester City side tonight, with Robbie Burton at the forefront of proceedings.

Burton, the talented Welsh youth international, provided the assist for Tobi Omole’s opener and, after Callum Wright levelled for the hosts, it was the Arsenal number ten who got on the scoresheet himself to score the winner from the penalty spot.

Arsenal’s victory was all the more commendable given the strength of the side that Leicester fielded.

There were a host of recognisable names in the Foxes’ starting lineup, including Caglar Soyuncu, Andy King, Yohan Benalouane, Fousseni Diabate, Hamza Choudhury and goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic.

Arsenal, meanwhile, were without Emile Smith Rowe, while Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah, who could be involved with the first-team against Qarabag in the Europa League on Thursday, were also absent.

Xavier Amaechi, Jordi Osei-Tutu, Ben Sheaf, Cohen Bramall and Gedion Zelalem are all still injured, and Charlie Gilmour served the second game of his three match suspension.

Freddie Ljungberg made two alterations to the team that beat Liverpool last time out, with Trae Coyle and Omole replacing Nketiah and Willock.

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Subs: Thompson (for Saka, 78), M. Smith (for Olayinka, 87). Not used: Hein, Olowu, Balogun. 

It was a rather uneventful start to the game, but Arsenal eventually managed to break the deadlock when Omole scored his first goal at this level as he latched onto Burton’s cross.

Wright shot over as Leicester sought to stage a response, but Tyreece John-Jules was battling bravely up front for Arsenal and caused problems for Soyuncu.

However, Leicester were level on the half hour mark, with Wright finishing well after Iliev’s disappointing ball out put Arsenal under pressure.

Leicester substitute Raul Uche Rubio sought to put the hosts in front in the second half, but Iliev made an impressive stop to preserve parity.

Eventually Arsenal managed to get back in front with Tolaji Bola being brought down in the area and Burton sending the subsequent spot-kick past Jakupovic.

Diabate’s free-kick provided Arsenal with a scare, but Ljungberg’s side held on to extend their unbeaten run in the league to six matches, with four of those having been wins.

There was also another positive for Arsenal, with Dominic Thompson entering the fray for his debut at this level in the closing stages.

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