Arsenal U23s secured their second win in succession yesterday, with Kido Taylor-Hart scoring both of the goals for his team in the 2-1 win away to Tottenham Hotspur.
Retaining the services of Taylor-Hart this summer was a significant boost for the academy and the winger has made an encouraging start to the new campaign.
Forming part of a hugely exciting attacking triumvirate that also includes Mika Biereth and Omari Hutchinson, Taylor-Hart showed excellent composure with both of his strikes at Hotspur Way.
An extremely skilful player, there are some occasions when Taylor-Hart takes a little too long to make a decision in the penalty area, but there is much to like about his game and he has frequently demonstrated that he is capable of making a major impact at U23 level.
The 18-year-old will hope to edge closer to the first-team squad this season but he will also look to help the U23s enjoy a significantly more successful campaign than they did last year.
It is evident that the Arsenal youngsters are still adapting to Kevin Betsy’s methods, but there have been signs that his system, which includes a three-man defence, is starting to work effectively.
Midfielder Jack Henry-Francis, who impressed against Hibernian in pre-season, received an opportunity to impress for the U23s yesterday and certainly seized his opportunity.
If Miguel Azeez joins Portsmouth on loan before the transfer deadline then it will be hugely beneficial for Henry-Francis, who received further good news this week as he was called up to the Republic of Ireland U19 squad.