Arsenal’s Under-23 team continued their below-par start to the new season with another defeat against Everton on Monday. 

Following losses to Manchester City and Liverpool, the Gunners secured a much-needed first win of the campaign by beating Derby County 3-1 over a week ago.

However, the concerning form of the youngsters resumed this week as they were torn apart 5-0 by Everton at Meadow Park.

The Under-23 side’s starting line-up saw Hugo Keto, Chiori Johnson, Da Graca, Tolaji Bola, Kostas Pileas, Ismaël Bennacer, Savvas Mourgos, Reiss Nelson, Vlad Dragomir, Emile Smith-Rowe and Edward Nketiah handed opportunities to impress as the likes of Macey, Bielik, Marc Bola, Zelalem, Maitland-Niles, Sheaf, DaSilva, Mavididi and Willock were left out due to potential involvement in the League Cup fixture against Nottingham Forest tomorrow.

But in truth, the youngsters called upon to feature on Monday had a night to forget.

Everton took the lead through an effort from Dowell after only four minutes and the young Gunners failed to recover from the early setback.

Arsenal went into half-time lucky to be only 1-0 down but the second-half saw them run out of luck as goals from Walsh and Niasse before Callum Dyson’s brace condemned them to a 5-0 thumping.

With Chelsea’s boys up next, Arsenal’s youth team will have to pick themselves up as soon as possible to avoid the possibility of a relegation battle in Premier League 2.

Thankfully, Arsene Wenger’s first team is not under the same sort of pressure but the form of the club’s youngsters will certainly be worrying for the Frenchman.

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