Arsenal U23s fell to another defeat yesterday as they were beaten 4-1 by their Manchester City counterparts.
Steve Bould’s side started well, with new signing Nikolaj Moller scoring on his debut, but matters took a turn for the worse when goalkeeper Karl Hein was sent off.
Unusually, Arsenal didn’t name a goalkeeper on the bench so Taylor Foran, a defender, had to go in goal for 83 minutes on what was his debut for the U23s.
Foran did his utmost to try and keep City at bay and made some excellent saves but the hosts eventually prevailed.
Going down to ten men and playing with an outfield player in goal inevitably didn’t help matters for Arsenal, but their overall performance was rather disappointing.
Arsenal have taken just two points from six games in the league this season and there are already concerns regarding whether they will be able to remain in the top tier of Premier League 2.
Results aren’t of the greatest importance at youth level but it is vital that the U23s stay in the top division so that they can continue to test themselves against the best youngsters.
Next up for Bould’s side is a home game against Liverpool.