Arsenal U23s lacked cohesion in their 2-2 draw away to Brighton & Hove Albion last night, but it certainly has to be taken into consideration that several members of Steve Bould’s side are still adjusting having joined the club this summer.
Salah-Eddine, Tim Akinola and George Lewis were all in the starting lineup against Brighton, and, as a consequence of the unfamiliarity in the side, Arsenal couldn’t play their usual brand of slick passing football as some players didn’t combine effectively and others didn’t make the right runs.
Over time it is anticipated that matters will improve, and Bould still has to embed former Tottenham defender Jonathan Dinzeyi into the side.
William Saliba played the whole game and produced a mixed performance as he took some unnecessary risks at times while on other occasions he played some excellent passes.
Ryan Alebiosu, another player who is rather new to U23 football after stepping up from the U18s, acquitted himself well at right-back, although the performance of the comparatively experienced Tolaji Bola at left-back left a lot to be desired.
Ben Cottrell and James Olayinka got Arsenal’s goals, but it is clear that there is room for improvement for Bould’s side. As his players get used to playing with each other, performances and results should begin to pick up.