Reserves

Arsenal Under-21s’ impressive start to the new season continued apace on Saturday as they eased to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Blackburn at Emirates Stadium.

Watch the highlights of the game below:

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Arsenal Reserves Beat Man United Reserves 2-1

by David on August 15, 2011

Lost amongst all the first team transfer talk was a great result by the Gunners reserve side, who beat a strong Manchester United side 2-1. Playing for United was Darren Fletcher, Darron Gibson and Tomas Kuszczak, which made the Gunners win even more impressive.

It took less than four minutes for Arsenal to create the first chance of the match when Kyle Ebecilio raced onto Sanchez Watt’s flick before driving into the area and forcing Kuszczak into a smart save.

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Vermaelen Set For Reserves Game Thursday

by David on April 28, 2011

Thomas Vermaelen is set to make his long-awaited return from injury in Arsenal‘s reserve match against Manchester United on Thursday.

It will be the first time Vermaelen has played a competitive game since suffering an Achilles injury while playing for Belgium in a European Championship qualifier with Turkey in September 2010.

Should Vermaelen come through the match unscathed, manager Arsene Wenger may decide to hand him a place in the first team before the end of the season.

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Lehmann Started For Arsenal Reserves Today

by David on March 29, 2011

Jens Lehmann played for Arsenal reserves today, this first appearance in an Arsenal shirt since May 2008. According to the Arsenal web site, Lehmann played well making “One stunning reaction save, a string of crosses dealt with impeccably and a confident display”.

Now that he has 90 minutes under his belt, the big question is whether Arsene Wenger is ready to give him the starting job against Blackburn this weekend, or will he give Lehmann another week of training before starting him against Blackpool on 10 April?

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Arsenal reserves lose 10-1 at Aston Villa

by David on January 11, 2011

Had to mention it as I thought it was a typo. Either Arsenal won 10-1 or they lost 1-0. But no, it is true. The Gunners reserves lost 10-1 to Aston Villa reserves last night.

Arsenal reserves team coach Neil Banfield called it “a major embarrassment”. I cannot remember the last time I heard of any Arsenal team losing 10-1. Even the kids.

Yes Arsenal played 80+ minutes with 10 men and they were without regular centre halves Ignasi Miquel and Sead Hajrovic. But still. They had Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, who ended up playing center-half in the second half as Arsenal tried to keep the score respectable.

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