10 man Arsenal U21s beaten 2-0 at the Lane
Arsenal’s Under-21s were beaten 2-0 by Tottenham in the Under-21 Premier League at White Hart Lane on Friday night.
Midway through the first half Ruben Lameiras was tugged back by Isaac Hayden in the box, resulting in a red card for the Gunners skipper, with Coulibaly scoring from the spot.
With their numerical advantage Spurs had a number of chances to extend their lead and give themselves a more comfortable evening, but they found Matt Macey in the Arsenal goal in excellent form. Tottenham scored their second and clinching goal in the 82nd minute when Winks fired home from the edge of the box.
Arsenal had started well with Thomas Eisfeld going closest with a low shot on goal, but Spurs keeper Jordan Archer got down smartly to save.
Spurs then started to get on top. Coulibaly played a neat one-two with Lameiras to get in behind the Gunners defence, but he fired across goal. Moments later, Coulibaly met a corner in the box but was unable to seriously test Macey.
Lameiras then played a through ball to free Nathan Oduwa, but he chose to cross rather than shoot, and the low ball was cut out by the Gunners defence.
Spurs full back Alex McQueen crossed to the far post, where Coulibaly was just beaten in the air by Leander Siemann.
Spurs got their breakthrough in the 26th minute with their left-back Connor Ogilvie robbing Toral and Lameiras showed brilliant feet to beat both Semi Ajayi and Hayden and go through one on one with Macey in the box.
However, he was tugged back by Hayden, who was shown a straight red card before Coulibaly scored from the resulting spot-kick.
It was all Tottenham for the rest of the half, and McQueen’s cross was deflected onto the near post, while Winks got in behind and flashed a low cross across goal, only to see the ball cleared.
It was more of the same after the interval. Six minutes after the break, Lameiras fired over the Arsenal bar from a promising position.
Lameiras nearly made amends with a fine piece of skill, beating two Arsenal defenders in the box, but he was crowded out before he could get a shot away.
The Gunners had a brief chance at the other end, winning a free-kick just outside the box, but Eisfeld curled the ball over the bar.
Spurs went even closer as Oduwa went through one on one with Macey but was denied by the onrushing goalkeeper – and Coulibaly’s follow-up was blocked by a defender.
Moments later McEvoy was also played through by a clever reverse pass from Lameiras, and his low effort struck Macey’s legs and hit the far post.
Arsenal nearly grabbed an unlikely equaliser when substitute Zak Ansah exchanged passes with Toral and forced a smart save from Archer at the near post.
Eight minutes from time Spurs clinched victory when Winks shot past Macey into the bottom left corner.
Tottenham: Archer, McQueen (McEneff 82), Chiriches, Ball (Stewart 77), Ogilvie (Gallifuoco 85), McEvoy, Veljkovic, Winks, Oduwa, Lameiras, Coulibaly
Arsenal: Macey, Siemann, Ormonde-Ottewill, Kamara, Ajayi, Hayden, Iwobi, Zelalem, Lipman (Ansah 60), Eisfeld, Toral
Defeat for the U21s at the Lane. How do you think the current U21 crop are progressing