Report – John-Jules scores superb goal but Hein costs Arsenal U23s against Everton

Premier League 2 

Arsenal 2 (John-Jules 5, Burton 22) Everton 2 (Gordon 7, 83)

By Jeorge Bird @ Emirates Stadium


Despite an astounding goal from Tyreece John-Jules, Arsenal U23s dropped points for the first time this season as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Everton at Emirates Stadium tonight.

John-Jules put Arsenal in the ascendancy in the early stages with a fine flick, but Everton levelled and the young Gunners failed to see out the game after Robbie Burton made it 2-1, with goalkeeper Karl Hein making a major mistake.

There were some positives, with Rob Holding completing the full 90 minutes unscathed and Emile Smith Rowe receiving another runout, but Steve Bould’s side will be frustrated to have surrendered their lead on two occasions.

Bould made three alterations to his team, with Hein, Holding and Bukayo Saka replaces James Hillson, Joseph Olowu and Nathan Tormey.



Smith Rowe-Burton

Coyle-John Jules-Saka


Subs: Tormey (for Saka, 64), Olowu (for Swanson, 71), McEneff (for Smith Rowe, 77). Not used: Hillson, Olayinka. 

John-Jules opened the scoring with just five minutes gone, and it was a goal to remember, with the forward flicking the ball into the net after being teed up by Tolaji Bola.

It was already well known that John-Jules has excellent technique, but this was outstanding.

The crowd were still catching their breath when Everton pulled level, with Anthony Gordon slotting the ball beyond the reach of Hein, who should have done better.

Saka, who showed some signs of rustiness in his first appearance of the season, had a shot saved as Arsenal immediately sought to restore their lead.

The winger then had a penalty claim turned down, before Everton sent an effort wide at the other end in an entertaining game.

Midway through the first half Arsenal were back in front, with captain Burton finding the net with a composed finish following good work from Folarin Balogun and then Trae Coyle.

Smith Rowe then delivered a teasing cross which was just cut out, but Arsenal weren’t having matters all their own way, with Clarke, who produced an impressive overall display, making an excellent intervention to cut out the danger on one occasion.

Holding came close to finding the net with a header but Arsenal had to settle for a one goal lead going into the break.

Everton looked to catch Arsenal out early in the second period, with Hein having to react quickly to tip an effort over his crossbar.

Saka’s teasing cross then found Balogun, but the usually prolific striker dragged his effort wide this time.

Arsenal started to increase the intensity of their play as they sought to add a third goal, with Smith Rowe and Coyle both having efforts saved.

Tormey then entered the fray in place of Saka and caused the Everton defence problems with his pace and directness.

Smith Rowe then embarked upon a trademark bust forward, but his subsequent attempt was deflected for a corner. That proved to be his final intervention before being replaced by Jordan McEneff in the 77th minute.

It appeared that Arsenal were edging towards securing their third victory of the season, but a moment of madness from Hein proved costly, with the goalkeeper, making his competitive debut at this level, racing off his line unnecessarily.

Gordon took full advantage, with last season’s Everton managing to take a point from a game that they had looked like losing.

Bould will certainly be frustrated with the way in which his team conceded both goals, but there was much to admire with regards to Arsenal’s build-up play.

John-Jules may be better suited to playing up front than in the number ten position, but he was still very impressive tonight as he linked up play effectively and frequently got into dangerous areas.

Burton, too, is becoming increasingly influential for this side and is relishing his status as captain.

The Welshman played some impressive passes and has certainly benefited from the experience that he gained from being involved with the first-team during pre-season.

Clarke, too, deserves credit for a composed display in defence, with the 18-year-old making an impact in his first full season with the U23s.

Arsenal will now turn their attention to the newly rebranded Trophy (previously the Checkatrade Trophy) as they face Northampton Town away on Tuesday.




  1. Hi Jeorge I hope you are well.
    Do you rate Karl hein? I personally feel like he makes very many costly errors. Keep up the great work mate!

  2. Would Martinelli be eligible to play for the U23s and for the team in the trophy? This boy needs game time?

  3. I just saw the highlights of the game on Arsenal Player.
    And it seems that everyone is a bit harsh on Hein.
    It was #12 (assuming Olowu’s) poor marking that led to the opportunity, and Gordon’s perfect technique to handle the ball. If Hein stays on his goal line then it would have been 1v1 (which is about 95% that result in the same equalizer).
    So – at least as far as I could assess – we were already screwed when Gordon managed to take the long ball, independent from Hein’s reaction.

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