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Carl Jenkinson’s last minute goal saves Arsenal Under-23s

Arsenal youngsters draw 3-3 with Manchester City

17 March, 2017 — By Charlie Corbett

ARSENAL Under-23s showed the first team a thing or too about fighting spirit on Monday night when they twice came from behind to earn a 3-3 draw against Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium.

The young guns found themselves 2-0 down inside 30 minutes in the Premier League Two match after Thierry Ambrose struck twice for the visitors. The French striker could, and maybe should, have had a hat-trick to his name having also seen a goal controversially ruled out for offside.

The Gunners rallied, however, and found themselves back in the game just before half time when Donyell Malen took full advantage of Reiss Nelson’s exquisite pass to slot home from close range. The momentum Arsenal showed in the last 15 minutes of the first half continued after the break and in the 55th minute they found themselves level when Nelson drilled the ball into the back of the net after Yaya Sanogo’s initial strike was thwarted by a block from a City defender.

Lukas Nmecha restored the Citizens’ lead from the spot in the 70th minute after Cohen Bramall’s misjudged tackle resulted in the visitors being awarded a penalty. In the dying seconds of the game, forgotten first-teamer Carl Jenkinson became an unlikely hero when he smashed home the equaliser to earn Steve Gatting’s side a share of the spoils. The point leaves Arsenal fourth in Division One, 15 points behind leaders Everton.

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