Arsenal’s academy side secured a
hard-fought victory over Everton on Friday afternoon, with a number of noteworthy takeaways from the clash having been forthcoming.
Steve Bould’s side welcomed the Toffees to the Emirates a short time ago, for their latest English Premier League 2 outing.
The north London club headed into proceedings aiming to build a morale-boosting win last time out. On the back of an abysmal opening to the campaign, which had seen the Gunners pick up just 2 point from their opening 6 outings, Steve Bould’s men exploded into life two weeks ago, to down Blackburn Rivers by 6 goal to nil.
And, when all was said and done on Friday afternoon, the north London club made it two wins from two, to continue their ascent away from the bottom of the Premier League 2 table.
A tightly-contested affair in north London eventually saw a solitary goal prove the difference between the sides.
Starlet Emile Smith-Rowe was the man on target, slotting home from Ben Cottrell’s delivery inside the opening 10 minutes, to secure all three points for a resurgent Gunners side.
Attacking midfielder Smith-Rowe has looked superb at youth level of late, and made it three goals in his last two appearances for Steve Bould’s U23s with his match-winning strike on Friday afternoon.
Having previously impressed during fleeting appearances at senior level, too, a recall to Mikel Arteta’s first-team ranks over the weeks ahead could well be on the cards, with Smith-Rowe a potential answer to the creative woes of the north Londoners in the middle of the park.