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‘Player of the tourney’: 19-year-old Arsenal forward shines despite under-21s cup exit yesterday
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‘Player of the tourney’: 19-year-old Arsenal forward shines despite under-21s cup exit yesterday

Dedicated Arsenal fans know that even though the senior team aren’t in action, there’s still Gunners’ sides to support this month.

Arsenal’s under-21s were playing in the Papa John’s Trophy last night against League Two side Stevenage Borough.

Mehmet Ali’s side unfortunately fell to a 3-2 defeat, meaning their journey in the cup is over.

There were certainly positives to take from the match, with a number of players who have trained with Mikel Arteta’s first-team involved.

Matt Smith once again wore the armband, and despite sitting on the bench on plenty of occasions for the first team, hasn’t made his debut yet.

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He’s been in training on numerous occasions, and even compared to Mesut Ozil.

Reuell Walters was also involved after a recent call-up from Arteta, while Premier League record breaker Ethan Nwaneri started on the bench.

However, it was the performance of Nathan Butler-Oyedeji that really stood out, as he scored for Arsenal last night.

The centre-forward opened the scoring in the first six minutes, but couldn’t prevent his side falling to a defeat.

Butler-Oyedeji scores for Arsenal under-21s

The 19-year-old took to Instagram to celebrate his goal, despite his side’s defeat.

Butlre-Oyedeji posted two pictures with the caption, “Unlucky result but we move forward together as a team.”

His young teammates praised his performance, with Jack Henry-Francis thinking he was on fire last night.

Taylor Foran called him the ‘player of the tourney already’, and he’s certainly got a point.

Nathan Butler-Oyedeji scores for Arsenal. Cr. nathann.7 © 2022 INSTAGRAM FROM META.

Butler-Oyedeji has scored four goals in four games for Arsenal in the Papa John’s Trophy this season.

He’s currently the joint top scorer in the competition, but now has no more opportunities to add to his tally.

Butler-Oyedeji hasn’t been as prolific in the Premier League 2, scoring just once in 11 appearances.

Arsenal are still unbeaten in the league, and Butler-Oyedeji’s importance to the side was highlighted by being handed the armband against Wolves in September.

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Arteta will certainly have one eye on Butler-Oyedeji’s development.

The Gunners have a history of developing impressive young forwards.

The 19-year-old will hope to follow in the footsteps of Eddie Nketiah and Folarin Balogun soon.

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