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Checkatrade Trophy Coventry City 0-3 Arsenal U21: PLAYER RATINGS

PUBLISHED: 21:39 12 September 2018 | UPDATED: 21:39 12 September 2018

Arsenal U21 played Coventry City in the Checkatrade Trophy. Picutured - the Checkatrade Trophy. CREDIT Checkatrade

Arsenal U21 played Coventry City in the Checkatrade Trophy. Picutured - the Checkatrade Trophy. CREDIT Checkatrade

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An Arsenal U21 side travelled to the Ricoh Arena to take on League One side Coventry City in their first-ever match in the Checkatrade Trophy. Read Layth Yousif’s PLAYER RATINGS

Arsenal

Deyan Iliev: 5.5 - Tested with a succession of aerial balls into the box. Didn’t always convince.

Joe Oluwu: 6.5 – Replaced by Tobi Omole at the interval

Zach Medley: 6.5 - With his height advantage it was disappointing not to see him dominate in the air as the Sky Blues pumped long balls into the box to test the Gunners backline. Will be better for the experience but memories of his poor showing at Chelsea in the FA Youth Cup final still linger.

Robbie Burton: 7 – Tested keeper O’Brien at the near post with a ferocious near post shot early in the second half

Tolaji Bola: 7 – Worked hard but still raw

James Olayinka: 7 – Needs to work on his distribution

Charlie Gilmour: 7.5 - Metronomic as ever. Excellent positioning as befits a promising defensive shield

Julio Pleguezuelo: 7 - Showed his versatility by switching flanks in the second half to patrol the right channel

Emile Smith-Rowe: 7.5 - Showed his clinical side with a calm finish to net the young guns opening goal early on

Joe Willock: 7 – Always influential at U23 level against youngsters but struggled to impose himself against the League One side, which is a concern as their starting XI was not their strongest side by a long shot. Excellent finish late on to underline the potential he needs to realise

Tyreece John-Jules: 7.5 - Great movement on and off the ball. Always lively. One to watch

Substitutes:

Tobi Omole: 6.5 - Replaced Oluwu at half-time

Eddie Nketiah: 7.5 - On for Burton with 19 minutes remaining. A class act

Bukayo Saka: N/A Late replacement for Pleguezuelo

Coventry City

Liam O’Brien: 7

Dujon Sterling: 6.5

Chris Camwell: 7

Tom Davies: 7

Liam Kelly: 7

Abu Ogogo: 7

Jordy Hiwula: 7

Amadou Bakayoko: 7.5

Tony Andreu: 7

Reisse Allasani: 7

Follow Arsenal reporter Layth on Twitter @laythy29

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