Premier League 2
Leicester City U23 1 (Suengchitthawon 60) Arsenal U23 1 (Coyle 27)
Arsenal U23s will have to wait for their top flight status to be secured after they drew 1-1 away to Leicester City tonight.
Trae Coyle put the young Gunners ahead but Thanawat Suengchitthawon equalised for Leicester, who are also involved in the relegation battle.
This result means that a point at home to West Ham United on Saturday will be sufficient for Arsenal to stay up.
Arsenal were without Folarin Balogun, whose new long-term contract with the club was finally confirmed today.
Daniel Oyegoke returned from injury to start at right-back, despite having often been deployed at centre-back recently.
Meanwhile, first years Omari Hutchinson and Marcelo Flores were named on the bench having impressed for the U18s recently, with the latter receiving his first callup at this level.
The Leicester side included former Arsenal right-back Vontae Daley-Campbell.
Subs: Monlouis (for Kirk, 46), Hutchinson (for Lewis, 67), Bola (for Oyegoke, 70). Not used: Hillson, Flores.
Arsenal took the lead in the 27th minute, with Coyle finding the net following good work from Nikolaj Moller. It was Coyle’s first goal since he returned to Arsenal from his loan spell at Gillingham.
Steve Bould made a change at the start of the second half, with Zane Monlouis replacing Alex Kirk in defence.
Leicester equalised on the hour mark, with Suengchitthawon scoring.
There was a significant moment in the 67th minute, with the highly rated Hutchinson replacing George Lewis for his U23s debut.
Tolaji Bola later came on for Oyegoke, with Flores having to wait to make his first appearance at this level.
The game ended 1-1, with Arsenal’s thoughts now turning to their last two games of the season, both of which are against West Ham.
With the U18s facing Liverpool away in the FA Youth Cup on Friday night, Bould may be without several key players against West Ham.