By Tony Attwood
Two of us went off to watch Arsenal at Coventry recently in the Checkatrade Trophy. Now its time to go and see the club in the under 23s league, known as Premier League 2 as tonight they are playing at Leicester.
I occasionally use these games as a riposte to people who say how much they wish they could go and see Arsenal, saying “you can: away matches like this are open, you don’t need a ticket, and normally prices are very low.” Plus of course there are Europa home games, and indeed the League Cup the other night at Arsenal Stadium, for which there were tickets a plenty available.
Indeed speaking of the League Cup, here is the draw…
AFC Bournemouth v Norwich City
Arsenal v Blackpool
Burton Albion v Nottingham Forest
Chelsea v Derby County
Leicester City v Everton/Southampton
Manchester City v Fulham
Middlesbrough v Crystal Palace
West Ham v Tottenham Nomads
I’m hoping to be at the Blackpool game – for just like tonight’s game it is always good to watch the younger talent to see who is coming up.
Arsenal are third in the under 23 league, with a game in hand over the leaders…
- The results so far have been
In the last match against Liverpool we had goals from Bukayo Saka (assist Eddie Nketiah), Eddie himself (assist Joe Willock, then Joe Willock scored, and finally Eddie got his second (assist Josephy Olowu).
The game tonight is at Holmes Park in Leicester with kick-off at 7pm (to allow the kiddies to get home in time for tea).
Leicester City started in the league with three wins from their opening four fixtures, but they’ve since been held to back-to-back draws by Chelsea and Brighton & Hove Albion. So I wouldn’t be surprised to see them playing for a draw tonight.
The up and coming man of the moment is Tyreece John-Jules who has played in the last three under 23 games.
There is a video of the Arsenal v Liverpool under 23 game here. And if you keep scrolling down the page there is a video of the last under 18 game as well.
Meanwhile the world of funny headline goes on. Here are a few to pass the time until kick off
Zinedine Zidane to take over Manchester United, Arsenal in race to re-sign Alexis Sanchez,… (
Winning mentality’ refreshing but not certain (
Dermot Gallagher – Referee right not to give penalty to Alexandre Lacazette (
Anyway, enough of the gibberish. We’ll be meeting up, hopefully being at the ground in time for a beer, and then settle down to watch the match.
It’s getting decidedly cooler in the East Midlands this evening. Must be time to get the big coat on and put the sunglasses away until next year.
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