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Arsenal U23 4-0 Manchester United U23: PLAYER RATINGS – Eddie Nketiah grabs brace and Konstantinos Mavropanos makes first start as junior Gunners impress

PUBLISHED: 22:10 15 January 2018 | UPDATED: 22:34 15 January 2018

Arsenal U23s beat Manchester United U23s 4-0 at Meadow Park on Monday night. Credit Arsenal FC

Arsenal U23s beat Manchester United U23s 4-0 at Meadow Park on Monday night. Credit Arsenal FC

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A strong Arsenal U23 side eased past a young Manchester United U23 side at Meadow Park on Monday evening. Read Layth Yousif’s player ratings as new first team signing Konstantinos Mavropanos made his first start for the club with hot-shot starlet Eddie Nketiah grabbing a brace as they joined a number of players who impressed.

Matt Macey - 7: Good handling and efficient distribution on a quiet evening. Big future but at 23 years old he needs to be playing first team football.

Jordi Osei Tutu - 7: Bright start for the promising right wing-back who showed good energy to supplement attacks. Supplied an excellent cross for Jeff Reine-Adelaide to head over when well-placed. Showed grit when performing his defensive duties. Great attitude.

Vlad Dragomir - 7: Solid and unspectacular in his duties but did the simple things well and competed for everything. Great finish for Arsenal’s second goal.

Ben Sheaf - 7: A Rolls Royce of a player at this level. Composed and technically proficient with an excellent temperament. Signed a new long term contract after making his debut in the cauldron of Red Star Belgrade’s Marakana Belgrade in the Europa League on October. Too good for the U23s and now needs first team football with a loan spell.

Julio Pleguezuelo - 6.5: Unsung but performed vital defensive work essential for the team to push forward. Good positioning but needs to be more vocal.

Konstantinos Mavropanos: 7: Keen to make an impression as witnessed by an early sweeping square ball off the outside of his right foot. Once he settled down on his first appearance in Arsenal colours he showed good touch and technique showing he is a ball-playing centre half. Still raw and work needs to be done to adjust to the tempo of English football including his aerial prowess but has impressed Arsene Wenger enough for him to decide his progress is best suited to London Colney

Reiss Nelson - 7: Six goals in six Premier League 2 games this term prior to kick off supplemented with first team appearances including Cologne in the Europa League for this Elephant and Castle born 17-Year-old with the world at his feet. Threatened the United backline at every opportunity with his pace and trickery and set up Dragomir with a perfectly weight slide rule through ball. His progress is simply a question of staying fit and continuing to work hard - the rest is down to him as to how far he wants to progress.

Josh Dasilva: 6.5: Powerful physique who should perhaps use it to his advantage more as he could be an effective front man. Faded.

Eddie Nketiah: 7.5: A born goalscorer. A fox in the box. A natural finisher. Call him whatever you like so long as you describe him as a striker who lives to score goals. Excellent movement throughout with and without the ball. A supreme predator who despite being a team player only looked completely satisfied when he grabbed two late goals to underline Arsenal’s superiority. Greeat touch, pace and natural ability who is an instinctive finisher with a great temperament. A huge prospect.

Joe Willock - 7: Another exceptional talent. Good movement, quick feet and a healthy awareness. Another who could benefit with a loan spell to add vital experience and nous to undoubted talent

Jeff Reine-Adelaide - 7: Lively start in which he could have had a hat trick instead of just the solitary goal. Been On the periphery of the first team squad for two seasons now and needs to take the next step as he has outgrown U23 football. Good touch and pace but needs to add slightly more finesse to his end product.

Substitute:

Emile Smith Rowe - 7: Replacing Reine-Adelaide was an England U17 World Cup winner. Unused sub in 5-2 win v Spain but played in 3-1 v Brazil in semi-final. Many reasons to like this creative midfielder not least the fact he turned down Barcelona and Spurs to sign a scholarship deal in 2016. Looked sharp and confident in the short time the Croydon lad was on the pitch at Meadow Park. Remember his name.

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