Per Mertesacker watches on as Nigerian striker stars for Arsenal U18s in pre-season win
Published: July 31, 2021
Per Mertesacker watches on as Nigerian striker stars for Arsenal U18s in pre-season win
According to Jeorge Bird, former Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker was in attendance as the Gunners U18s defeated Southern League Premier Division South side Hendon FC 3-1 in a pre-season friendly at Silver Jubilee on Friday night.

Promising Nigeria-eligible striker signed on scholarship terms from Manchester City, Henry Timi-Davies was in the Gunners matchday squad but started on the bench.

Amani Richards gave Arsenal the lead before Charles Sagoe doubled the advantage before half-time.

Arsenal U18s coach made three changes at the break, one of which saw Timi-Davies replace Richards.

An absolute belter of a free-kick from Matheus Roberts made it 3-0 before Hamza Semakula netted a consolation for the home team.

A physical striker, Timi-Davies, who has caught the eye in pre-season, made his U23 debut away to Bromley on July 27.

The hugely talented Anglo-Nigerian youngster will sign a three-year professional contract at Arsenal in the coming months.

Ifeanyi Emmanuel

Photo Credit : arsenal.com

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