Premier League 2
Chelsea 3 (Maatsen 29, Fiabema 87, Livramento 90) Arsenal 0
Arsenal U23s’ frustrating recent run of results continued today as they suffered a 3-0 defeat away to Chelsea.
Steve Bould, who was without Daniel Ballard and Tolaji Bola, gave a debut to Jonathan Dinzeyi, while Jordan McEneff also started and Ben Cottrell, intriguingly, was deployed on the left side of the defence.
First-year scholar Zach Awe received his first callup at this level as he was named on the bench, with striker Luke Plange also amongst the substitutes.
Dinzeyi made an impressive block early on, while goalkeeper Karl Hein had to be alert to clear the danger following a weak pass from Daniel Oyegoke.
In the 29th minute Chelsea took the lead, with Ian Maatsen finding the net after capitalising upon another defensive error from Arsenal.
Folarin Balogun was then denied at the other end, but Chelsea continued to pose a frequent threat, with George Nunn and Lewis Bate trying their luck.
Cottrell then did well to find Balogun, but the latter’s effort lacked conviction.
Balogun missed another chance in the second half and Arsenal were unable to pull themselves level, with Chelsea subsequently making them pay.
Firstly Bryan Fiabema, on as a substitute, made it 2-0 to Chelsea as he scored from close range, and then Valentino Livramento added another.
Arsenal have taken just one point out of a possible twelve so far this season and are bottom of the Premier League 2 table.
It is too early to discuss the possibility of relegation, but some of the performances in the early stages of the campaign have been far from convincing.
Arsenal: Hein; Alebiosu, Dinzeyi, Clarke, Oyegoke; Akinola, Cottrell; Olayinka, McEneff, Lewis (Azeez, 83); Balogun. Subs not used: Okonkwo, Awe, Cirjan, Plange.