U21’s: Arsenal 3-1 Newcastle – Gnabry excellent as Rosicky and Wilshere return

U21's: Arsenal 3-1 Newcastle - Gnabry excellent as Rosicky and Wilshere return

Serge Gnabry was particularly excellent as the Gunners’ under-21 side flourished against a somewhat underwhelming Newcastle team at the Emirates – with Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere making welcome returns to competitive football.

Arsenal’s youngsters impress in convincing display

Goals from Daniel Crowley, Stephy Mavididi and Serge Gnabry helped the Young Guns leapfrog Aston Villa back into second place – with two games in hand over Derby County, whose lead at the summit has been cut down to five points. In-front of a well-attended crowd at the Emirates, following their narrow but frustrating exit from this year’s FA Youth Cup at the semi-final stage, Arsenal got off to the best possible start with two goals in quick succession.

Jack Wilshere made his long-awaited return to competitive football, whilst Tomas Rosicky also featured: the first-team midfielders were involved in both goals. First, it was initial great forward play between Rosicky and Mavididi. The latter teed up Crowley nicely, and he weaved past two defenders before keeping a cool head to slot home from close-range.

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18-year-old winger Chris Willock destined for exciting future, says Wenger

18-year-old winger Chris Willock destined for exciting future, says Wenger

Arséne has not been shy in his praise for the talented teenager, who has been impressive at youth level this term and is poised to be included in the first-team matchday squad v Watford

Arsenal winger Chris Willock is destined for an exciting future, according to Arséne Wenger. The talented 18-year-old, who has been a regular in the under-18 and under-21 squads in recent months, has continued his development having signed a professional deal with the Gunners around this time last year.

Willock has been regularly training with the first-team and impressed, so much so, that he’s been included in matchday squads recently too. Along with the likes of Krystian Bielik, Julio Pleguezuelo and Ben Sheaf, he’s amongst a highly-rated crop of youngsters in his age-group, and has already featured for the England national side too at various youth levels.

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U21’s: Fulham vs Arsenal – Young Gunners aim to close gap at top

U21's: Fulham - Arsenal - Young Gunners aim to close gap at top

The talented crop of U21’s have a golden opportunity to close the gap on current league leaders Derby County with an away trip to Motspur Park in an intriguing mini-London derby on Wednesday evening.

The top six in Division 2 currently looks like this:

Arsenal’s u21s have only lost two league games this term, and could close the gap on Derby to just two points with an away win v Fulham tomorrow | Image: Wikipedia

All to play for

With that being taken into consideration, the Young Gunners would be eager to avoid having to qualify for next season’s Division 1 competition through a semi-final and final play-off, which means more games.

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