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Loan report – Nketiah, Sheaf and Iliev feature

Henrikh Mkhitaryan started and played 89 minutes as Roma drew 0-0 with Inter Milan.

Eddie Nketiah was brought on in the 77th minute as Leeds United won 2-0 against Huddersfield Town.

Ben Sheaf played 83 minutes as Doncaster Rovers drew 1-1 with MK Dons.

Mohamed Elneny played 84 minutes and was booked as Besiktas lost 3-2 to Kasimpasa.

Deyan Iliev played the whole game as Sered lost 2-1 to Pohronie.

Jordi Osei-Tutu was an unused substitute as VfL Bochum lost 3-1 to Greuther Furth.

William Saliba missed Saint-Etienne’s 3-1 defeat to Reims due to injury.

Loan report – Mkhitaryan scores; Nketiah back in action

Henrikh Mkhitaryan was brought on in the 67th minute and scored on his return to action as Roma beat Hellas Verona 3-1.

Eddie Nketiah also made his comeback, coming on in the 79th minute as Leeds United beat Middlesbrough 4-0.

Deyan Iliev played the full game as Sered lost 2-0 to Zemplin Michalovce.

Ben Sheaf played the whole game as Doncaster Rovers lost 3-0 to Gillingham in the FA Cup.

Jordi Osei-Tutu was an unused substitute as VfL Bochum won 2-0 against Erzgebirge.

Mohamed Elneny is expected to feature when Besiktas face Kayserispor tonight.

William Saliba missed out through injury as Saint-Etienne lost 2-1 to Rennes.

Burton and John-Jules involved in Ljungberg’s first training session

Freddie Ljungberg held his first training session as Arsenal’s interim head coach today.

Ljungberg drafted in Robbie Burton and Tyreece John-Jules for the session, both of whom he worked with last season when he was Arsenal’s U23 coach.

Emile Smith Rowe and Konstantinos Mavropanos, who played for the U23s versus Villarreal this week, were also involved along with Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who was left out of the squad to face Eintracht Frankfurt.

Rob Holding and Sead Kolasinac aren’t yet fully fit but still took part in the session along with Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, Reiss Nelson, Nicolas Pepe and Lucas Torreira.

Dani Ceballos, Hector Bellerin, David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi are injured.

Report – Smith Rowe scores as Arsenal U23s beat Villarreal

Premier League International Cup

Arsenal U23s 3 (Tormey 7, Smith Rowe 54, Coyle 79) Villarreal U23s 0

By Jeorge Bird @Meadow Park, Borehamwood

Quite why Emile Smith Rowe was in action for Arsenal U23s tonight as opposed to featuring for the first-team against Eintracht Frankfurt tomorrow isn’t entirely clear, but the starlet played a key part in helping the second-string to commence their Premier League International Cup campaign with a victory.

Arsenal ran out 3-0 winners at home to Villarreal, with Nathan Tormey, Smith Rowe and Trae Coyle all getting on the scoresheet, but the success wasn’t quite as straightforward as the scoreline may suggest.

The young Gunners had to work very hard to maintain their lead after Tormey found the net in the seventh minute and they were subjected to frequent fouls from Villarreal, many of which went unpunished.

Arsenal managed to survive, however, and Steve Bould’s side have now won three games in a row.

Bould welcomed back captain Robbie Burton from suspension, with Smith Rowe also coming into the side. James Olayinka and Ben Cottrell were the players to drop to the bench, while Mark McGuinness replaced Tobi Omole in the squad.

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Subs: Medley (for Coyle, 81), Olayinka (for Tormey, 85), Cottrell (for Smith Rowe, 90). Not used: Hillson, Olowu, McGuinness, McEneff.

This was Arsenal’s first involvement in the Premier League International Cup for two seasons, since they were beaten by Porto in the final in 2018. Arsenal had beaten Villarreal on penalties in the semi-final that year.

It was an eventful start to the game, with Smith Rowe, deployed in the number ten position, having a shot saved by Jose Antonio Martinez Carceles after being found by Tormey.

At the other end Karl Hein did well to keep out a Villarreal effort, and then Arsenal managed to take the lead in the seventh minute.

It was the hardworking Tormey who scored, with the winger heading in following a cross from Coyle after Smith Rowe was involved in the build-up.

Arsenal sought to double their lead, with Burton playing a precise ball into the path of Smith Rowe, whose effort was saved.

Coyle was then denied but Villarreal ended the half strongly as they put Arsenal under a barrage of pressure.

The visitors struck the post just before half time but Arsenal just about managed to go into the break with their one goal lead intact.

Arsenal emerged for the second half eager to add to their lead and Burton had an opportunity to make it 2-0 but shot just wide.

It was eventually 2-0, though, with Smith Rowe scoring after embarking on a trademark burst from midfield and exchanging passes with Tormey prior to slotting the ball home.

Villarreal threatened every so often and Hein could never relax for too long, but Arsenal were continuing to carve out chances of their own, and John-Jules was denied after he was found by Matt Smith.

The visitors missed an excellent chance to score and they were made to regret it as shortly afterwards Coyle made it 3-0 when he scored following a corner.

Zech Medley replaced the goalscorer as Arsenal opted for greater solidity at the back before Olayinka and Cottrell also came on in the closing stages.

John-Jules and Olayinka both sought to add to Arsenal’s lead but 3-0 was sufficient as Arsenal started the tournament impressively.

Arsenal were livid at some of the decisions made by referee Ryan Atkin, with Villarreal players frequently making rash challenges.

Although it wasn’t an especially dynamic performance from Arsenal, Bould will be delighted that his team managed to keep a second clean sheet in succession after so long without one, with Harry Clarke marshalling the defence well.

In midfield, Smith and Burton played some neat passes, while wingers Coyle and Tormey are continuing to make an impact.

After a slow start, Smith Rowe was impressive in the second half and it remains to be seen what is in store for him in the remainder of the campaign.

Loan report – Osei-Tutu concedes penalty; Sheaf and Elneny feature

Jordi Osei-Tutu played the whole game and conceded a penalty as VfL Bochum drew 1-1 with Osnabruck.

Ben Sheaf played the full game as Doncaster Rovers lost 1-0 to Wycombe Wanderers.

Mohamed Elneny played the whole game and was booked as Besiktas beat Konyaspor 1-0.

Deyan Iliev played the full game as Sered lost 2-0 to Slovan Bratislava.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan missed out through injury as Roma beat Brescia 3-0.

Eddie Nketiah missed Leeds United’s 2-1 victory away to Luton Town due to injury.

William Saliba was unavailable for Saint-Etienne’s goalless draw against Montpellier due to injury.

Report – John-Jules strikes as Arsenal U23s beat Southampton

Premier League 2

Arsenal 1 (John-Jules 44) Southampton 0

Tyreece John-Jules scored and also missed a penalty as Arsenal U23s secured a 1-0 victory at home to Southampton today.

The young Gunners were without Robbie Burton, who was suspended, but welcomed back Jordan McEneff, who was named amongst the substitutes after returning from injury.

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Subs: McEneff (for Cottrell, 86). Not used: Hillson, Medley, Olowu, Omole.

John-Jules and Trae Coyle both had opportunities to find the net in the early stages but were unable to do so.

Harlem Hale then shot wide as Southampton threatened before Arsenal took the lead in the 44th minute, with John-Jules finishing expertly.

In the second half James Olayinka struck the post and then John-Jules missed from the spot, but Arsenal still managed to take all three points.

U18 Premier League Cup

Chelsea 2 (Broja 16, Iling 37) Arsenal 1 (Oyegoke 78)

Arsenal U18s suffered a 2-1 defeat away to Chelsea in the Premier League Cup.

Armando Broja put Chelsea in the lead before Samuel Iling doubled the Blues’ lead.

The impressive Daniel Oyegoke got a goal back after he was found by substitute Matthew Dennis, but Chelsea held on to win.

Arsenal: Graczyk; Oyegoke, Kirk, Ogungbo, Lopez; Patino (Cirjan, 83), Azeez; Alebiosu, Greenwood, Butler-Oyedeji (Dennis, 63); Matthews (Plange, 63). Subs not used: Mitchell, Monlouis.

Swanson trains with Arsenal first-team while Matt Smith impresses

With most of the club’s international players not yet back in training, a selection of youngsters were involved with the first-team squad at London Colney today.

Amongst them was right-back Zak Swanson, who will be hoping to earn his first senior callup at some stage this season.

Matt Smith was also involved in the session and the midfielder was very impressive as he played some slick passes.

James Olayinka and Nathan Tormey were also involved in the session.