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Cocky Reserves take a 4-1 drubbing from champions Villa

PUBLISHED: 16:55 30 September 2008 | UPDATED: 15:26 07 September 2010

Arsenal Reserves manager Neil Banfield said some of his young side think they are better than they really are after they were hammered 4-1 at home by reigning Reserve League South champions Aston Villa on Monday night. Mark Randall scored a stunner for th

Arsenal Reserves manager Neil Banfield said some of his young side think they are better than they really are after they were hammered 4-1 at home by reigning Reserve League South champions Aston Villa on Monday night.

Mark Randall scored a stunner for the hosts, who included the likes of Carling Cup heroes Jack Wilshere and Jay Thomas, but the more experienced Villans were always the better side and deserved their win after racing into a 3-0 lead.

"These lads have played together for over a year and they've played for (Academy coach) Steve Bould. It's just that they've come out with the wrong attitude, thinking they've got the divine right to play," said Banfield. "No one's going to allow Arsenal to play football, you've got to earn the right to play."

To compound matters, England U19 captain Henri Lansbury was shown a red card in the dying minutes of the game.

Banfield added: "We've gone and got somebody sent off which is unintelligent and he's feeling sorry for himself, it's unprofessional.

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