Arsenal U23s have had to be very patient to get three points this season but, when the victory finally came around it was certainly worth the wait.
Steve Bould’s side secured an emphatic 6-0 win away to Blackburn Rovers on Friday night, with Emile Smith Rowe and Nikolaj Moller both scoring twice while Catalin Cirjan was also on the scoresheet with the other goal being an own goal.
Arsenal’s overall performance was of a very high standard, with Folarin Balogun dropping deep and linking play to excellent effect as Arsenal secured their biggest win at this level for over 20 years.
The return of Joseph Olowu, who has played more than 30 times for the U23s and also has experience from his recent loan spell at Cork City, certainly helped Arsenal’s cause in terms of making them more resolute defensively as they kept a rare clean sheet.
Moller, too, was very impressive, with the tall forward, who recently joined the club from Malmo, often winning the ball in the air and heading it down for his team-mates to run on to.
The involvement of Smith Rowe was undoubtedly a key factor in Arsenal’s win as the hugely talented midfielder was very impressive in his 71 minutes on the pitch. It is hoped that he will finally be involved with the first-team again soon.