Player Ratings: Cambridge United 0-2 Arsenal U21 - Impressive Nathan Butler-Oyedeji grabs brace

Arsenal U21s ease past Cambridge United 2-0 at the Abbey Stadium to start their Page John's Trophy campaign in style

Player Ratings: Cambridge United 0-2 Arsenal U21 - Impressive Nathan Butler-Oyedeji grabs brace

Cambridge United 0–2 Arsenal U21s

A brace by the lively Nathan Butler-Oyedeji saw the Arsenal Young Guns start their Papa John’s Trophy with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Cambridge United.

In front of a crowd of 1,952 at the Abbey Stadium on Tuesday evening, Mehmet Ali’s promising aces eased past the League One side.

Find out which Arsenal players impressed with our Gooner Fanzine with our match ratings

Arsenal U21 (4-2-3-1)

Karl Hein: 7.5/10 - Excellent block late in the first half as well as stretching every sinew to tip a deep cross over the bar kept the Young Guns ahead. Earned his clean sheet

James Sweet: 7.5/10 - Still only 18, the versatile Welsh teenager impressed at right-back

Taylor Foran: 7.5/10 - Solid and uncompromising. A reliable performance

Zach Awe: 7/10 - Striking up a good understanding with fellow centre-back Foran but needs to work on concentration at times certainly in terms of distribution when being pressed from the top

Lino Sousa: 7.5/10 - An intelligent left-back who would have learned so much from coming up against seasoned lower league professionals 

James Olayinka: 7.5/10 - A busy and battling performance in the heart of midfield

Tim Akinola: 7.5/10 - The 21-year-old who spent a season on loan at Huddersfield during lockdown was a mature presence in the middle of the park

Kido Taylor-Hart: 7/10 - Not as influential as he would have liked to have been but wasn’t for the lack of effort as the talented attacker eases his way back from injury. One to watch this season

Joel Ideho: 7/10 - Nearly scored with a low effort midway through the second half but keeper Mannion was equal to the task 

Jack Henry-Francis: 7/10 - Clipped the post when well placed but despite the miss he was an influential presence throughout and never stopped working prior to be replaced by Bandeira on the hour mark

Nathan Butler-Oyedeji: 8.5/10 - A fine first half finish to put the Young Guns ahead to cheer the not inconsiderable amount of travelling Gooners inside the Abbey Stadium. Had a chance blocked by Us keeper Will Mannion early in the second half before grabbing his second in a lively display. Earned his applause when replaced by Charles Sagoe Jr late on



Mauro Bandeira 7/10 – Has already impressed this month in a series of lively cameos

Charles Sagoe Jr: 7/10 – Replaced Arsenal’s two goal hero

Zane Monlouis: 7/10 - Came on for Awe as the clock ticked down

Catalin Cirjan: 7/10 - Double sub with Monlouis as the Romanian swapped with Taylor-Hart  



Cambridge United: Mannion, Okedina, Taylor, Ibsen Rossi, Haunstrup, O’Neil, Simper (May, 60), Janneh (Knibbs, 60), Lankester, Brophy (Worman, 45), Okenabirhie (Ironside, 60)

Subs Not Used: Holden, Williams, Dunk


Bookings: Lankester


Arsenal U21’s: Hein, Sweet, Foran, Awe (Monlouis, 87), Sousa, Akinola, Henry-Francis (Bandeira, 61), Olayinka, Taylor-Hart (Cirjan, 88), Ideho, Butler-Oyedeji (Sagoe Jr, 77)

Subs Not Used: Hillson, Cozier-Duberry

Goalscorers: Butler-Oyedeji (26, 56)

Bookings: Akinola

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