Report – Balogun hits brace; Bellerin and Tierney feature as Arsenal U23s are held by Wolves

Premier League 2

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 (Jordao 58, Perry 90) Arsenal 2 (Balogun 1, 69)

Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney made their returns from injury last night as Arsenal U23s were held to a 2-2 draw away to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Both players came through 63 minutes unscathed before being substituted in pre-planned changes, while Konstantinos Mavropanos completed 90 minutes as he stepped up his return to full fitness.

Bellerin replaced Zak Swanson at right-back, with Tierney coming in for Tolaji Bola at left-back. Harry Clarke, meanwhile, started, with Rob Holding not involved.

Matt Smith was named on the bench for the first time this season after recovering from injury, but Zech Medley wasn’t involved.

Arsenal started extremely brightly and took the lead in the first minute courtesy of the prolific Folarin Balogun, who finished well after he was found by Trae Coyle.

Wolves came close to a quickfire equaliser, but Lewis Richards’ effort went over.

Tyreece John-Jules, Coyle and Balogun all subsequently had chances to extend Arsenal’s lead but were unable to find the net.

Arsenal goalkeeper Karl Hein made an astute save to thwart Tyler Perry, but he couldn’t keep out Bruno Jordao’s effort shortly afterwards.

Balogun put Arsenal back in front, doing his chances of first-team involvement in the near future no harm at all.

However, there was late frustration for Arsenal as Perry equalised for Wolves in the closing stages.

Arsenal: Hein; Bellerin (Swanson, 63), Clarke, Mavropanos, Tierney (Omole, 63) ; Burton, McEneff; Coyle, John-Jules, Tormey; Balogun. Subs not used: Hillson, Bola, M. Smith.

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