Arsenal moved into third place and got revenge for suffering a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Derby by putting five past them on Monday night.
Arsenal went into the game knowing that a win would take them above their opponents and two goals from Tyreece John-Jules as well as goals from Joe Willock, Xavier Amaechi, and Zech Medley ensured the Young Guns took all the points.
The game also saw Premier League 2 debuts handed to Zak Swanson, who put in a superb cross for Medley’s goal, and Ben Cottrell, who recently scored two from outside the box when the u18s smashed Cardiff 8-0 at the end of March.
Arsenal: Okonkwo, Osei-Tutu (Swanson) , Bramall, Gilmour, Ballard, Sheaf (C), Amaechi, Willock (Cottrell, 45), John-Jules, Burton (Medley, 63), Saka
Unused subs: Smith, Coyle
Derby County: Ravas, Gordon, Macdonald (C), Evans, Wassall, Hunt, Mitchell-Lawson, Roache (Sibley, 45), Cresswell (Bird, 45), Babos (Whittaker, 70), Shonibare
Unused Subs: Yates, Anya
Arsenal u23s next game is a six-pointer against Chelsea, in sixth place, on Monday, 15 April at Stamford Bridge. Kick-off is 7pm.