Rob Holding has taken another step towards a first team comeback by getting 90 minutes under his belt for the U23s.
The centre-half played the full game as Steve Bould’s side beat Leicester 2-1 at the Emirates.
Having returned to training during the summer, and now taking a full part in first team sessions, it’s about building up his match fitness after he suffered an ACL rupture last December against Manchester United.
The Gunners have Europa League action this week, with a trip to Frankfurt on Thursday, but it seems most likely he’ll make his first team return in the Carabao Cup against Nottingham Forest on September 24th.
Dinos Mavropanos also took part, playing 67 minutes as he makes his way back from an ongoing, troublesome groin injury.
It was also a good day for young striker Tyreece John-Jules who scored both goals as Arsenal came from behind to win. With Alexandre Lacazette injured, Unai Emery needs another striking option to ensure Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang isn’t overplayed or picks up an injury in a game he doesn’t need to play in.
With Eddie Nketiah on loan, this could open the door for a European start for the 18 year old.
The U23s sit in second place in the Premier League 2 table, level on 11 points with Chelsea, and yet to lose a game so far this season.