Lacazette replacement? Talented Arsenal youth striker scores brace for u23s

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Tyreece John-Jules scored twice as Arsenal u23s came from behind to beat Leicester City 2-1 on Saturday afternoon.

The u23s were battling Chelsea at the top of the table after both teams had managed two wins and two draws in their opening four games.

Chelsea put the pressure back on Arsenal with another win on Friday night, so it was up to the Gunners to respond against Leicester at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Unfortunately, things didn’t start out well, as Leicester took a first-half lead.

Arsenal struggled to create chances in the opening period, with Tyreece John-Jules and Folarin Balogun starved of service. That changed after half-time, as Balogun found himself in behind the defence five minutes in, cutting back and setting up John-Jules for a clinical weak-foot volleyed equaliser.

A few minutes later the same combination gave Arsenal the lead. Balogun played a through ball for John-Jules to run in behind the defence and finish confidently.

With Alexandre Lacazette’s injury and a severe lack of alternatives right now, there’s no better time for Balogun and John-Jules to be in the goals for the youth teams.

Either could realistically hope for a call-up for the League Cup match against Nottingham Forest the week after next, though John-Jules is likely ahead in the pecking order after joining the first team in pre-season.

Balogun did have a late chance to score one of his own, but his chipped effort was tipped onto the post by the goalkeeper before the rebound was blocked on the line. Four goals and four assists in five PL2 games isn’t a bad record for the season so far though.

 

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