Arsenal suffered a disappointing night in two competitions on Tuesday with the women drawing in the Champions League and the u21s losing to Ipswich Town in the Papa John’s trophy.

BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Caitlin Foord of Arsenal collides with Lize Kop of AFC Ajax during the UEFA Women´s Champions League Second Qualifying Round First Leg match between Arsenal and AFC Ajax at Meadow Park on September 20, 2022 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 20: Caitlin Foord of Arsenal collides with Lize Kop of AFC Ajax during the UEFA Women´s Champions League Second Qualifying Round First Leg match between Arsenal and AFC Ajax at Meadow Park on September 20, 2022 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Arsenal women seemed to be heading for all three points on Tuesday night. Despite going behind in the 18th minute to a goal from Ajax’s Romee Leuchter, they turned it around thanks to goals from Stina Blackstenius and a Kim Little penalty.

Arsenal were the better team, particularly in the second half, but in the 83rd minute, Leuchter struck again to give Ajax a share of the points.

“You have to look forward,” Jonas Eidevall said after the game.

BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Jonas Eidevall, Manager of Arsenal reacts during the UEFA Women´s Champions League Second Qualifying Round First Leg match between Arsenal and AFC Ajax at Meadow Park on September 20, 2022 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 20: Jonas Eidevall, Manager of Arsenal reacts during the UEFA Women´s Champions League Second Qualifying Round First Leg match between Arsenal and AFC Ajax at Meadow Park on September 20, 2022 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

“You have to say there are lessons in this game to be learned. You can argue based on chances we should have won. It’s gonna be an intense game next week but we have to brave.

“If you want to go into the Champions League group stages you have to win those games. You can either be afraid of those challenges or look forward to them. I want to be the team that looks forward to them.”

Arsenal women lineup: Zinsberger, Catley, Rafaelle, Williamson, Maritz, Little, Walti, Hurtig, Miedema, Mean, Blackstenius.

Subs: Marckese, Foord, McCabe, Earl, Agyemang, Maanum, Nobbs, Beattie, Reid, Weinroither, Wubben-Moy

In the Papa John’s Trophy, Arsenal’s u21’s lost 2-0 at Ipswich, who top the group after two games.

A third minute goal from Dominic Ball got the game off to the worst possible start for the young Guns but it wasn’t until the 85th minute, when Freddie Ladapo doubled their lead, that the game was really over.

ARSENAL U21s (4-2-3-1): Graczyk; Sweet, Foran, Awe, Quesada-Thorn (Walters 46); Smith (cpt) (Vigar 90+), Henry-Francis; Taylor-Hart (Cirjan 46), Bandeira (Ibrahim 46), Sagoe Jr (Ideho 86); Butler-Oyedeji.

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