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.