Arsenal U23s and U18s are both in action tomorrow in what will be a busy day for the academy.
Firstly, the U18s will host West Bromwich Albion in a 12pm kickoff. Ken Gillard’s side are sixth in the league and have been in mixed form recently having won two and lost two of their last four fixtures.
Khayon Edwards has had an impact as a super-sub in the last two games, coming on to score the winner against West Ham United before winning a penalty against Brighton & Hove Albion.
The forward will hope to be included in the starting lineup against West Brom, and it seems likely that Arsenal will again be heavily reliant upon Omari Hutchinson, who has scored four goals and provided seven assists for the U18s this season.
West Brom are in ninth place and Arsenal ran out 3-1 winners when these sides met earler in the campaign.
Attention will then turn to the U23s, who face Liverpool away at 3pm. It appeared that Steve Bould’s side had turned a corner, but recent results – two draws followed by two defeats – have been concerning.
Bould will hope that Folarin Balogun will be back available after the striker missed the defeat to Manchester City due to injury.
The absence of midfielder Miguel Azeez, who has also been on the sidelines, has had a hugely negative impact on the team, while the defence has also looked rather vulnerable, with January arrival Omar Rekik still yet to make his debut.
Arsenal have work to do in order to avoid relegation from the top tier of Premier League 2 – they are currently four points above the drop zone.