I know it’s called the under-21s but Sagna played for Arsenal while Hibbert and Hitzlsperger played for Everton, so I am calling them reserves. The good news is that Wilshere, Sagna and Frimpong all completed the full 90 minutes and must be about ready for some first team action now.
The game was a lively affair which will help the players to regain some of their competitive edge, and the early kick off will allow them enough time to recover for the Champions League game against Schalke on Wednesday night, if Wenger wants to include them in the squad.
Arsenal were behind within five minutes through Vellios, but Wilshere and Eisfeld were determined to get back into it. Eisfeld stung the keeper’s palms a minute later and equalised in the 12th after Wilshere released Meade who set up the young German.
Wilshere was playing well and it was him who set up Eisfeld for the German to smash home a second after half an hour. Frimpong nearly made it three for Arsenal with a free kick but it was saved.
Arsenal shaded the second half but the closest they came to another goal was through Eisfeld again who was unlucky to hit the bar from 25 yards out. Wilshere picked up a late yellow card but I am sure he is pleased with his day’s work.
After Arsenal failed to mount a decent attack against Norwich, maybe Wenger will consider adding Wilshere and Eisfeld to his squad to face Schalke in two days. It’s not as if the Arsenal bench is groaning with talent at the minute.