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Wolves vs Arsenal | U23 Match preview

Wolves will be looking to make it back-to-back wins in Premier League 2 Division 1 when the under-23s take on Arsenal at New Bucks Head on Friday evening.

Rob Edwards’ side battled from behind to bring the three points home from Manchester City last weekend thanks to Bruno Jordao’s first goal in gold and black and a Meritan Shabani strike – following good work by John Kitolano to unlock the City defence.

An unbeaten Arsenal will provide a tough test for the Wolves development side, however the hosts do have the joint-second best defence in the league, so can rely on a strong base to build from.

*You can catch all the action as Wolves under-23s take on Arsenal on Friday evening, with the game free to view worldwide via WolvesTV and the Wolves App. Click here for more information of how to watch under-23 games.

WHEN

Friday 7pm

WHERE

New Bucks Head, Telford

LAST THREE

Wolves

2-1 v Manchester City (A)

0-2 v Leicester City (H)

2-1 v Blackburn Rovers (A)

Arsenal

2-1 v Leicester City (H)

2-2 v Derby County (A)

2-2 v Everton (H)

WHAT THE BOSS THINKS

On coming from behind to beat City

“The timing of the first goal was really important, going into half-time at 1-1 was key – although I wouldn’t have changed my half-time team talk too much. I felt we were right in the game, we were doing well, and out of possession we were good.

“Tactically the game took a change in the second-half, but I thought the quality of the winning goal was brilliant.

“Coming to a place like this against a team like Man City with the ability of their players, you know it’s going to be difficult, but I thought we played really well and all the boys were a credit.”

On taking confidence into Arsenal clash

“We’ll be the same, we’ll keep working on what we do and try to improve. We can still get much, much better as it’s still early on in the season.

“There’s lots to work on but we’re building nicely and against Manchester City we had some young players in the side, especially in that backline, Christian Marques made his debut, Lewis Richards – although he played his third game for us this season, he’s still an under-18, Andreas is still a young goalkeeper.

“We still have people to come back and that will make good competition for the group, but it gives us confidence going into the Arsenal game – it doesn’t come any easier!”

NEXT FIVE

20/09 Arsenal (H)

24/09 Carlisle United (A) LCT

27/09 Southampton (H)

01/10 Morecambe (A) LCT

20/10 Liverpool (A)

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