Arsenal will play in the top division of the under-21 Premier League next season after securing promotion with a 3-1 win against Aston Villa in their play-off final at the Emirates.
Steve Gatting’s side went behind to Rushian Marcus Amari Hepburn-Murphy’s (actual name!) early but levelled things up before half time thanks to Chris Willock’s strike on 36 minutes
The eye-catching Willock, who also scored a decisive brace in the semi-final, then turned provider delivering a fine dinked cross for Stephy Mavididi to head home just past the hour.
The duo combined again with four minutes remaining as Mavididi clinically slotted home Willock’s pass with his left foot to seal the win.
Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin started in the centre of the park, the former missing a couple of great chances in the second half, and further first team experience was added by Joel Campbell on the wing and Calum Chambers in defence.
Arsenal had the chance to secure automatic promotion a couple of weeks ago but lost their last two fixtures when a single win would have secured the title. Thankfully, they’ve done the job at the second time of asking. Well done lads.