Arsenal U23s have found victories difficult to come by of late, and they drew 1-1 away to Manchester City on Saturday.
Although City have an impressive academy setup, their results at U23 level so far this season haven’t been of a particularly high standard, so Arsenal will have been frustrated not to have emerged with more than one point.
Perhaps more important than the result, however, was an incident that occurred in the 78th minute, with Tyreece John-Jules entering the fray in place of goalscorer Nathan Tormey.
John-Jules had been out for several weeks through injury, with Arsenal sorely missing his creativity, even though they weren’t short of attacking firepower with Folarin Balogun in the side.
Once he is fully sharp, John-Jules will provide Arsenal with an extremely useful extra option, with his versatility a great help to the side given that he can play up front, out wide or as a number ten.
His injury deprived John-Jules of the chance to make his competitive debut for the first-team against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup, but if he can prove his fitness over the next couple of weeks then he will surely have a chance to feature in one of the final Europa League group stage fixtures.