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'The second coming of Ben White': Some Arsenal fans hail U23s talent's display v WBA
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'The second coming of Ben White': Some Arsenal fans hail U23s talent's display v WBA

A number of Arsenal fans have praised Zak Swanson following his display for the Gunners Under-23s on Thursday night.

Kevin Betsy’s charges fell to a 4-1 defeat at the hands of West Brom in their Premier League Cup clash at Meadow Park.

Arsenal were put to the sword in the first half and went in 3-0 down at the break, courtesy of goals from Tom Fellows, Reyes Cleary and Rayhaan Tulloch.

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Cleary then struck a fourth for the visitors in the 54th minute, while Khayon Edwards got a consolation – and his first U23s goal – in the 90th minute.

Despite the heavy defeat, Swanson’s efforts came for praise.

“Strong in the duel and got stuck in well particularly in the first half,” wrote

“His direct running was one of the few consistent attacking outlets the Gunners had on the night.”

Here is what some Arsenal fans said about Swanson:

Swanson joined Arsenal at the age of 6 and signed his first professional contract with the Gunners in April 2019.

The 21-year-old enjoyed a superb 2019-20 campaign and earned praise from then Arsenal U23s boss Steve Bould for how he dealt with Sane in a Premier League 2 defeat to Manchester City in February 2020.

“I thought Zak was our best player tonight,” Bould told the Gunners media team at the time.

“It was a great test for him, even though Sane isn’t going to be playing at his best as it was one of his first games back.

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“Zak was very impressive and he has been all season in all fairness. I think he’s been one of our top two players for the whole of the season.”

In August 2020, Swanson joined Dutch Eerste Divisie side MVV Maastricht on a season-long loan deal.

However, after making just three appearances, he was recalled in December 2020, and then underwent an operation for a leg injury.

Swanson is now back in the fold and making up for lost time, and could hopefully be providing Mikel Arteta with some food for thought.

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