Report – Balogun and Salah-Eddine amongst scorers as Arsenal U23s thrash Everton

Premier League 2

Arsenal 4 (Balogun 37, Salah-Eddine 74, Alebiosu 78, Swanson 90) Everton 0

Arsenal U23s returned to winning ways in emphatic style tonight, with Folarin Balogun getting on the scoresheet in a 4-0 victory against Everton at Meadow Park.

Salah-Eddine, Ryan Alebiosu and substitute Zak Swanson also scored as Kevin Betsy’s side moved on from last weekend’s frustrating defeat to Liverpool.

Omari Hutchinson was unavailable, with Charlie Patino returning to the starting lineup, while Zane Monlouis started in place of Zak Swanson.

A. Okonkwo

Monlouis-Rekik-Ogungbo

Alebiosu-Patino-Akinola-Salah Eddine-Lopez

Biereth-Balogun

Subs: Swanson (for Lopez, 58), Butler-Oyedeji (for Biereth, 84), Ideho (for Akinola, 87). Not used: Ejeheri, Taylor-Hart.

Patino had the first meaningful opportunity for Arsenal, with his effort going just over the crossbar.

Everton responded with an effort from Tom Cannon, who was unable to find the net.

Arsenal eventually opened the scoring in the 37th minute, with Balogun the scorer as he found the top corner after being located by fellow forward Mika Biereth.

Everton started the second half well and Cannon forced Arthur Okonkwo into a good save, with the Arsenal goalkeeper then doing well to thwart Tyler Onyango.

Swanson replaced Joel Lopez just before the hour mark and eventually Arsenal got their second goal, courtesy of Salah-Eddine, who is enjoying a superb season.

The midfielder scored with a composed finish and then Alebiosu added further gloss to the scoreline with his first ever goal for the U23s.

To their credit, Everton continued to test Okonkwo, who provided a reminder of his talent with a fine double save.

Swanson, who is developing a knack for getting goals at this level having previously been a winger, proceeded to add a fourth goal for a jubilant Arsenal.

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