Arsenal continued their 100% start to the Premier Reserve League this afternoon, coming from behind to beat Wigan 3-1. Goals from Sanchez Watt, Chuks Aneke and Ryo Miyaichi wrapped up the points, after Daniel Redmond has scored a first half screamer.
Neil Banfield saw his resources stretched further from the 2-1 win over Manchester United last time out, with captain Ignasi Miquel joining Armand Traoré and Benik Afobe in the first-team. However, Vito Mannone continued in goal, and as we told you earlier in the day, Ryo Miyaichi was allowed to feature, as he builds up match fitness.
ARSENAL: Mannone; Yennaris, Boateng, Angha, Meade; Ebecilio, Özyakup, Aneke; Miyaichi, Freeman, Watt.
Wigan had given Arsenal the run around in this fixture last year, and began with a similar swagger. Jordan Rugg did well to carve himself space, but the excellent reflexes of Vito Mannone denied the opener.
For all the hosts excellent passing, it was the visitors who struck first. Chuks Aneke played in Luke Freeman with a lovely flicked pass, and Freeman finished well, only for the offside flag to rule it out. Wigan then suffered the same fate, when Rugg’s cross was turned into his own net by Martin Angha, only for Callum McManaman to be flagged in the build up.
Yet undeterred, the Latics kicked on and took the lead in stunning fashion, when Daniel Redmond smashed home from all of 30 yards. The power beat Mannone, who had picked up a knock earlier in the game. He was then withdrawn, replaced by Sean McDermott.
Arsenal had struggled to create any chances of note, but snatched an equaliser when Jamie McCormack’s defensive error was sized upon by Sanchez Watt. He kept his head and lobbed the on rushing Chris Kirkland for 1-1.
The second half began in much the same fashion as the first – with more offside goals. Freeman thought he’d put the Gunners in front twice, only for both to be ruled out in quick succession. However, Banfield’s boys would eventually complete the come back shortly after, when Aneke exchanged passes with Watt before finishing confidently. 2-1.
Wigan threatened an equaliser through fierce shots from Dicko and McManaman, but Arsenal moved out of sight when the largely ineffective Ryo Miyaichi collected Aneke’s lob and beat Kirkland with ease. 3-1.
The hosts tired in the closing stages, but Arsenal couldn’t make them pay.