Search

Arsenal under-23s bank point at Blackburn

PUBLISHED: 09:00 18 September 2018

Freddie Ljungberg of Arsenal (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Freddie Ljungberg of Arsenal (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

©TGS Photo tgsphoto.co.uk +44 1376 553468

Arsenal under-23s were held to a goalless draw by their Blackburn Rovers rivals at Ewood Park on Monday.

The hosts, however, were the better side in the match, missing a number of chances through poor finishing and good goalkeeping by Deyan Iliev, whilst the Gunners struggled to really test Andy Fisher.

Both sides also ended the game with 10 men as Arsenal’s Charlie Gilmour saw red just after half time, before Hayden Carter was handed his marching orders late on.

Within 60 seconds, Rovers almost took the lead as a lovely ball from Willem Tomlinson found Jack Evans in space and his cross found the head of Steven Mols, who was denied by a superb Iliev stop.

Jack Rodwell produced a well-timed tackle on Joe Willock as he tried to break forward on eight minutes as Arsenal were very much playing on the counter attack hoping to utilise their pace.

On 13 minutes Arsenal were lucky not to find themselves behind as Rovers wasted an excellent chance when Daniel Butterworth drove forward at the defence but his pass to Lewis Travis was overhit and allowed Iliev to claim.

After a spell of the ball being played about in midfield it was Rovers and Joe Nuttall who created the next opening as the striker tested Iliev with a powerful effort from inside the box after being played in by Butterworth.

Freddie Ljungberg then saw his side reduced to 10 men minutes into the second half as Gilmour was shown a straight red card for an off-the-ball incident with Travis.

The Gunners came close to scoring on 66 minutes when Robbie Burton fired just past the post after a slick counter attack when Joe Willock picked up the ball from deep and drove forward before playing Burton in on goal.

Willock then fired wide from 25 yards, before Tomlinson’s effort from the edge of the box was saved once again down low to his left by the impressive Iliev.

Blackburn were reduced to 10 men on 85 minutes as Carter saw red for bringing down Willock on the edge of the box, with Willock denied by a fantastic save by Fisher in the closing stages.

Latest Islington Sports News

Yesterday, 13:56

Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been discussing various topics with Layth Yousif during his exclusive interview this week. The talented 26-year-old invited Layth to his house for an in-depth discussion on a wide-ranging number of issues as the star prepares to launch his first soccer school at the end of this month. Read on for more...

Yesterday, 01:34

West Ham United Hammers midfielder Jack Wilshere says there is far more to come from Manuel Pellegrini’s side this season.

Fri, 10:24

Wembley Stadium plays host to the second of its three NFL games of the season on Sunday and fans will be hoping that they are treated to a better game than last week’s one-sided contest between the Seattle Seahawks and the Oakland Raiders.

Fri, 10:00

Finsbury Park coach Gareth Chapman says building momentum is key after sealing five consecutive league victories to start the season, writes Jacob Ranson.

Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been discussing various topics with Layth Yousif during his exclusive interview this week. The talented 26-year-old invited Layth to his house for an in-depth discussion on a wide-ranging number of issues as the star prepares to launch his first soccer school at the end of this month. Read on for more...

Thu, 13:00

Islington’s John Ryder faces the biggest night of his life at the Copper Box Arena on October 27.

Thu, 08:00

New York Knicks Frank Ntilikina is excited about playing a match in London as it will give his family and friends a chance to watch him play.

Jack Wilshere has called on Arsenal to make Aaron Ramsey captain of the club rather than allow the Welsh international to leave on a free transfer.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Fostering older teenagers means giving them the skills for life as an adult. Here, a supportive lodgings carer with Islington Council and young adult who has left care share their stories

Newsletter Sign Up

Islington Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now