Arsenal’s u23s defeated Leicester 1-0 on Friday night thanks to an own goal.

Arsenal’s u23 side resumed their Premier League 2 season last night with a hard-earned win over a plucky Leicester team.

Arsenal lined-up with a back three that included Calum Chambers, making his first appearance of the season after recovering from a thigh injury, and Julio Pleguezuelo, who captained the side.

Joe Willock and Jeff Reine-Adelaide formed a very offensive central midfield, while Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah and Chuba Akpom formed the front three despite their involvement in Thursday’s Europa League game.

Get 15% off this tshirt, click the image to find out more

The only goal of the game came from right wing-back Jordi Osei-Tutu’s cross being turned into his own goal by a Leicester defender. It was otherwise a hard-fought game, with Leicester adopting an unusually aggressive approach.

Arsenal managed to keep their clean sheet thanks to a late save from keeper Matt Macey and an excellent performance from the returning Chambers. The 22-year-old played 73 valuable minutes before he was subbed off and now has a chance to feature in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

According to Jeorge Bird’s report, the game was also notable for a group of Cologne fans turning up to support Leicester.

Perhaps we can get a few of them to turn up to the Doncaster game next week as well.

The u23s travel to Southport at the end of the month to play Everton.

Before then, a number of players, such as Nelson, Nketiah, Willock and Reine-Adelaide, will be hoping to be involved in the Carabao Cup in mid-week.