Arsenal’s u23s face Manchester City at the City Football Academy on Sunday, in the next match of their Premier League 2 season.
With 11 matches played in the current campaign, the Gunners sit fourth in the table. Although Leicester City are only two points away in second, there’s another six points to Liverpool in first, so the u23s have some catching up to do.
Manchester City are down in eighth, so hopefully they’re a side the young Gunners can overcome. Earlier in the season, when the two sides met at the Emirates, Arsenal won 4-3. That game is probably best remembered for Jack Wilshere’s sensationalised red card, but before that, the home side had been utterly dominant and sailed to a 4-1 lead thanks to braces from Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah.
Both England u19 internationals should be available again on Sunday, after playing limited minutes in the Europa League in mid-week. But there may also be some call ups from the u18s, as a number of players were left out of the match against Swansea City on Saturday:
Quite a few players not involved, including Virginia, Daley-Campbell, Ballard, Medley, Benson, Smith, Smith Rowe. Some may be involved with U23s v Man City tomorrow.
— Jeorge Bird (@jeorgebird) December 9, 2017
One player who will almost certainly be returning to the u23s is Jeff Reine-Adelaide. After missing a month and a half with injury, Jeff was on the bench against BATE Borisov on Thursday, and therefore should be available to start this weekend.
In Jeff’s absence, and the regular absences of the likes of Nelson and Nketiah as well, the Gunners’ league form has suffered. They’ve lost two, drawn one and won one of the last four games, although that one win did come in the last game against West Ham.
City’s form has only been slightly better (one loss, one draw and two wins), so both teams will be looking to get a run going with their second consecutive victory on Sunday.
Good luck to the young Gunners in doing so.