Premier League 2
Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Etete 33) Arsenal 1 (Cottrell 17)
Arsenal U23s saw their winning run come to an end today as they were held to a 1-1 draw away to rivals Tottenham Hotspur, but Steve Bould’s side did manage to extend their unbeaten run to six games, with Ben Cottrell getting on the scoresheet.
Bould made two changes to the side that thrashed Brighton & Hove Albion last week, with Charlie Patino making his U23 debut as he replaced Miguel Azeez, while in goal Karl Hein started instead of Arthur Okonkwo.
There was some positive news, with Daniel Oyegoke named amongst the substitutes as he returned from injury.
Arsenal’s Jonathan Dinzeyi started against his former club, while Hale End product Tobi Omole was in the Tottenham side, adding an extra edge to proceedings.
Tottenham went into the game top of the table and called upon some excellent prospects in Alfie Devine and Dane Scarlett.
Arsenal have plenty of impressive talents of their own, however, and managed to take the lead in the 17th minute, with Cottrell scoring from inside the area following a quickly taken free-kick.
Tottenham responded well, though, and equalised courtesy of Kion Etete in the 33rd minute before Scarlett shot wide just before half time.
The hosts had a chance to go ahead in the early stages of the second half as they won a penalty, but Scarlett ended up sending the spot-kick over the crossbar.
Arsenal then made two alterations, with Kido Taylor-Hart and Daniel Oyegoke entering the fray in place of Patino and Catalin Cirjan.
Folarin Balogun looked to put Arsenal in the lead in the 82nd minute, but Tottenham goalkeeper Josh Oluwayemi was able to prevent him from scoring.
In true North London derby style, it was a rather tempestuous encounter, with Arsenal ending the game with five bookings and Tottenham getting three.
Although they were unable to take all three points on this occasion, Arsenal continued to show signs of improvement following a disappointing start to the campaign.
The big games keep coming for Arsenal, with matches against Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool scheduled for the next month.
Arsenal: Hein; Alebiosu, Olowu, Dinzeyi, Lopez (Ogungbo, 74); Akinola, Patino (Taylor-Hart, 54); Cirjan (Oyegoke, 55), Cottrell, Balogun; Moller.
Subs not used: Hillson, Lewis.