Bellerin and Eisfeld in Arsenal side thrashed 7-0 by Conference outfit

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An Arsenal XI were given a pasting by Luton Town at Kenilworth Road yesterday.

While Arsenal’s first-teamers were pulling out a valiant two-goal comeback against Italian side Napoli - with a bicycle kick from Olivier Giroud the highlight of proceedings - a group of the teams youngsters were in action against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road.

Managed by Steve Gatting hope would have been high of another promising performance from the teams hotly tipped young starlets.

And they put out a strong outfit against The Hatters.

The likes of Thomas Eisfeld, Hector Bellerin and Kristoffer Olsson all featured - while Nico Yennaris and Wellington Silva were also included in the team.

But if they were hoping for another promising display - it didn’t materialise.

The Conference National side dealt out a humbling 7-0 thrashing over the Arsenal XI - who went back from a rain soaked Hertfordshire with their tails firmly placed between their legs.

Goals from Mark Cullen (2), Shaun Whalley, Jake Howell (2) and Andre Gray (2) were enough for Luton to win the match.

It was a timely boost for Luton ahead of the start of a Conference promotion push beginning next weekend against Southport.

For Wenger the result comes at a pretty bad time - in a week when he spoke of the clubs overwhelming strength in the youth department.

The likes of Chuba Akpom, Serge Gnabry and Gedion Zelalem - perhaps the pick of the Arsenal youth bunch - were all away with the senior team, so small comfort can be taking from their absence.

But overall, the demolition job dealt out by a fifth tier side over the pick of Arsenal’s youngsters, will come as a big confidence blow ahead of the new campaign.

But a pinch of salt must be taken with the scoreline. This Arsenal youth team is almost entirely a new incarnation of the previous one - with players galore being released this summer.

So while 7-0 looks bad on paper this is an entirely new outfit with plenty of room to improve in the future.

And the only way from here is up.

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