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Özyakup Instrumental In The Win Against Fulham Reserves

by on November 7, 2011

Neil Banfield’s side returned to winning ways today by defeating Fulham Reserves at London Colney this afternoon. Oğuzhan Özyakup was instrumental today for Arsenal Reserves by scoring and assisting for inform forward Sanchez Watt.

The Reserves didn’t have a league match last week so they played a friendly against Ipswich Town Reserves winning 2-0. With goals coming reserve captain Ignasi Miquel and Oğuzhan Özyakup.

Arsenal’s third choice goalkeeper Vito Mannone continued in goal for Neil Banfield’s side. Gavin Hoyte made his first appearance of the season after coming back from a long term injury. He was partnered at the heart of the defence by Daniel Boateng who captained the side today, because of Ignasi Miquel absents. The full-backs were Nico Yennaris and Martin Angha. Craig Eastmond continued his come back by playing for consecutive reserve game and was partnered in midfield by Emmanuel Frimpong who dropped down from the first team.

With Eastmond and Frimpong both starting in the deeper central midfield roles it allowed Oğuzhan Özyakup to play in the more advanced position, operating behind alone striker Sanchez Watt. Ryo Miyaichi and Luke Freeman started as the wide forwards in the front three for Arsenal.

An inexperience Arsenal bench at this level with Sean McDermott being the goalkeeper on the bench. And three players from Steve Bould’s U-18’s side Samir Bihmoutine, Zak Ansah and Phillip Roberts.

Arsenal couldn’t of got off to a better start, on the four minute Oğuzhan Özyakup picked up the ball on the edge of Fulham’s box and placed the ball past Marcus Bettinelli in to the corner of the goal. With Frimpong and Eastmond working hard in midfield it allowed Özyakup to have more of a free role to act as the play-maker of the team.

An injury to Ryo Miyaichi forced Arsenal to make a change on the 34 minute. Zak Ansah came on for the Japanese forward, with Arsène Wenger watching in the stands Ryo would of been looking to impress. Fulham’s Tue Na Bangna got played through but Mannone done brilliantly to slide out and clear the ball away.

Arsenal controlled the first-half and deserved to be in the lead but couldn’t find that second goal they were looking for yet. Neil Banfield didn’t make any substitutions at half-time. An early chance in the second-half for Fulham but Tue Na Bangna dragged his shot wide of the Arsenal goal.

Great passing football between Watt and Özyakup to get in to the Fulham box but it was cleared but Watt eventually scored. Arsenal had taken a two goal lead early in the second-half and you would expect them to see the game through. Neil Banfield made his second change of the match with England U-19’s player Nico Yennaris coming off for Samir Bihmoutine.

Mannone was forced to make a couple of saves through out the second-half and Özyakup tried his luck from distance but it was saved by Bettinelli. Özyakup made way for U-18’s striker Philip Roberts late on. The last real chance of the match fell to Marcello Trotta but his header went narrowly over for Fulham.

A comfortable victory for Arsenal Reserves who next play against Norwich Reserves in a weeks time at London Colney.

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  1. Chinedu permalink

    I was just checking out some key replacements for nasri & I thought why not go for marco reus/clint dempsey/vandervaart .We already have enough youths-ramsey/wilshere etc .D above mentioned is about 12million(should be a nice buy).Ozykyup is a nice player & playing him/rosisky/song in d MF against man city in d carling cup will be worthwhile.Also I will prefer if couqelin/frimpong start against norwich

    • There has been a bit of talk about Reuss, it could be an interesting January. Clint Dempsey is an interesting option, but I think Van Der Vaart has ruined any chance of joining a good club after his recent comments about Spurs being ‘the best team in London’.

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