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Academy Action: All the goals and interviews

It was a successful weekend for the Gunners as we were unbeaten across all teams. Here’s everything you may have missed from the Academy side.

U21s: Arsenal 4-1 Chelsea

Our Under 21s continued their winning start under manager Mehmet Ali, as they comfortably saw off Chelsea in a 4-1 victory at Meadow Park.

A glorious curling effort from James Olayinka broke the deadlock before the half-hour mark, and goals from Khayon Edwards,

Charles Sagoe Jr, and Nathan Butler-Oyedeji saw our Gunners go top of the Premier League 2 table with three wins out of three (report and photos)

Mehmet Ali had high praise for his team’s resilience under pressure: “Credit to Chelsea, they came for us:

they were very aggressive on the press and they went man for man all over the pitch. But I thought we were very clever at how we eliminated their press and went over it with quality.

By doing that, it allowed us to get more of a foothold in the game and then choose our moments to go and score.”

“It’s always good to win. We’ve been telling these boys every single game that we want to win, we want to compete, and be aggressive.

But for us, it’s more about the performances that the players are putting in and that comes from hard work every single day in training. That is what’s going to keep them in this industry.

Winger Charles Sagoe Jr was relieved to get on the scoresheet, but working for the collective is always his priority:

“Mehmet really trusts me and I appreciate him starting me whenever he does and I always try to give my 100 per cent all. I’m always working hard and goals are just an extra for me. I just want to play well for the team and affect the game as much as possible.”

Sagoe Jr, who signed his first professional contract with us this summer, is already looking to the future: “Just seeing what Mikel is doing with all the young players,

such as Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe – they start in big, big games. I just want to be a part of that and hopefully get the chance, one day, to be at the Emirates

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