It wasn’t a good Friday afternoon for Adi Viveash’s men, as the Chelsea development squad suffered a 4-1 defeat away at Arsenal.
The Chelsea U23 came up against an Arsenal side featuring Danny Welbeck and Carl Jenkinson.
Adi Viveash made four changes from the side that faced Manchester City at Aldershot six days previously, with Bradley Collins missing out through illness and Charlie Wakefield absent due to injury. Jared Thompson came into the team in goal protected by a back three of Trevoh Chalobah, Richard Nartey and Ola Aina.
The hosts led 2-0 at the break after goals from Rob Holding and Donyell Malen before Reiss Nelson extended the advantage 17 minutes after the restart. Ike Ugbo reduced the deficit with a smart finish on the rebound after Charly Musonda’s swerving shot was parried, though Welbeck’s converted penalty restored the Gunners’ three-goal lead and sealed the three points.
Despite the loss, the Chelsea U23 side are still 4th on the table.