Arsenal U21s suffered further frustration on Friday as they fell to another defeat, this time losing 2-0 away to Crystal Palace.
Mehmet Ali’s side have now lost their last four games in all competitions without scoring a goal but there was at least some positive news to take from proceedings.
Khayon Edwards and James Sweet made their returns from injury as they played the second half, with both players giving a good account of themselves.
Talented striker Edwards had been out since November but he looked sharp following his introduction as he held the up well.
Right-back Sweet, meanwhile, also caught the eye and he will hope to get plenty of further opportunities before the end of the season, although he faces significant competition from Reuell Walters.
Arsenal will be eager to return to winning ways away to Blackburn Rovers next weekend but they will be without a host of key players such as Walters, Lino Sousa and Amario Cozier-Duberry because of youth internationals.
The return of Edwards, though, is a big boost and it is hoped that he will soon be able to find the net and help the U21s to build up some positive momentum.
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Let’s hope so.