Arsenal U23s thrashed their Tottenham Hotspur counterparts 4-0 on Friday night, with Joe Willock, as has often been the case this season, at the forefront of proceedings.
Willock hit a brace at the Lamex Stadium to take his tally for the campaign in all competitions, including first-team appearances, to eleven goals in 16 games, which is some return for a midfielder.
The 19-year-old has benefitted immensely from the tutelage of Freddie Ljungberg, and Willock’s display capped off an excellent spell for him after he made his first Premier League appearance of the season as a late substitute against Huddersfield Town last weekend.
Eddie Nketiah was also on the scoresheet, with the striker scoring his first goal since November 3rd. Nketiah also caught the eye with his link-up play and was in action just 24 hours after being named on the bench for the first-team in the Europa League.
Arsenal’s other goal in their comprehensive victory was scored from the penalty spot, with Charlie Gilmour showing excellent composure to find the net.
Dominic Thompson, a left-back, was unusually deployed as an attacking midfielder, but that didn’t affect Arsenal’s momentum going forwards as they proved to be too difficult for Tottenham to deal with.
It seems very unlikely that Arsenal will retain the Premier League 2 title this season, but they have certainly turned a corner in recent games, with Ljungberg managing to get his team playing cohesively.
Arsenal will also be delighted to have kept a clean sheet given that they have frequently conceded goals at this level this season. Goalkeeper Deyan Iliev, however, had to be substituted late on due to injury, with 17-year-old Tom Smith entering the fray for his debut.
Daniel Ballard, who was selected ahead of Zech Medley, produced a composed performance at centre-back, with Arsenal playing extremely well overall.