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Arsenal U21s Beat Crawley in Town's EFL Trophy Group
Tuesday, 13th Oct 2020 22:04

Arsenal’s U21s beat Crawley Town 2-1 in the Blues’ EFL Trophy group this evening.

Ex-Town academy schoolboy Harry Clarke skippered the young Gunners and another one-time Blues youth player Marcelo Flores was an unused sub.

Arsenal's youngsters top the group on maximum points with Town second with three on goal difference from Gillingham.

The Blues face the Red Devils, who are keen to sign Town forward Armando Dobra on loan before Friday’s 5pm deadline, in their final group match at the Broadfield Stadium on Tuesday 10th November.

A victory would secure a place in the knockout stage, while a draw either with or without a bonus point for winning a penalty shootout could be enough for the Blues depending on the result in the Gillingham-Arsenal U21s fixture.

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Woolfenthen added 22:16 - Oct 13

dominiciawful added 23:41 - Oct 13

runningout added 23:48 - Oct 13
I reckon it can’t be that bad to stay in a competition. Success breads success :-)

MickMillsTash added 07:43 - Oct 14
Theres lots of Tuesday fixtures already and this is before call offs for Covid, FA Cup replays, international clashes etc
Progressing in this does not seem too beneficial.

Sparky85 added 08:47 - Oct 14
Play the yoofs!! If they get through, then great and its all good experience for them. If they don't then not the worst thing with the fixture pileup mentioned above.
we have a few weeks of sat-tue-sat coming up. COYB

Len_Brennan added 09:27 - Oct 14
I'm happy for us to stay involved in this competition. Even with El Mizouni, probably Dobra & maybe others away on loan, we still have a big enough squad & good youngsters that will benefit from proper games that are competitive. Also, in a month or two we'll have Drinan & Norwood coming back & if we progress it could be game time for Downes, KVY & even Nydam.
Then we look at the fact that we need the likes of Huws, Donacien, Cornell & a couple of centre halves to be up to speed should they get their chance to come into the starting XI.

itfcjoe added 09:36 - Oct 14
Marcelo Flores on the bench for Arsenal wearing squad number 82

VanDusen added 09:45 - Oct 14
All those condemning Project Big Picture in the other thread could make a practical start by boycotting this competition - this is the thin end of the wedge people have been warning about, with PBP the inevitable next stage they have been pushing for.

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 09:59 - Oct 14
Are comments barred on the Norwood story? I could think of a few. Perhaps you want to avoid a series of libel cases, Phil? -:)

Europablue added 10:29 - Oct 14
VanDusen, while I certainly agree that the premier league teams shouldn't have been allowed to join this competition, the effect that it has had is making it a reserve team cup, and that is fine with me. Semi-competitive games for the fringe players will help them stay primed to play when they need to.

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