Arsenal Reserves lost 0-3 at National League side Barnet this afternoon, but manager Simon Ireland reported good news regarding Jon Honey’s return to football following a long injury layoff. Scott Grogan was AFC’s best player at The Hive, and the scoreline didn’t reflect the match.
Lee Jackman finished from close range in the 14th minute to put Barnet ahead as Arsenal didn’t deal with a long throw, and Jackson swept home a Barnard cross. Ethan Ratcliffe had Arsenal’s best chance of the game early on but he fired wide when clean through.
AFC made one substitution at half-time, followed by a further eight in the 52nd minute and the raft of changes affected them as Honey and Akil Browne combined to fell Kwame Adjeman-Pamboe in the box, and Yalany Baio stepped-up to drive Barnet two-up from the spot.
Just two minutes later Adjeman-Pamboe added a goal of his own when AFC ‘keeper parried a shot from Jason Dunne, but he was on hand to slot home the loose ball. Simon Ireland used all 22 players during the game, watched by First Team manager Gray Surman.
Surman has confirmed the starting XI for tomorrow’s first team friendly at home to Enfield Town, giving a début to new signing Jack Robinson at left-back. He’ll join Corluka, Nastasic and Koscielny in defence in front of teenage keeper Tréguer.
Jos Verniers returns after injury where he’ll partner Rubén Pardo in the middle of the park, with Coutinho, Wilshere and Shaqiri in attacking roles behind striker Obradovic.
Arsenal are expected to have a full bench and make multiple changes at the break.