Patrick Vieira came up against his former side Arsenal in an Under-21s match-up at Meadow Park on Monday, April 7, however, his Manchester City youth side were never ahead in the match, were always chasing the game and eventually slumped to a 4-3 score in a game the away team may wish to forget as the Gunners were firing on all cylinders.
Jon Toral and Hector Bellarin scored first half goals within three minutes of each other, before Adam Druy halved Arsenal's lead. Stefan O'Connor put Arsenal 3-1 up, though, before Devante Cole brought it back to 3-2. Amazingly, at the game's death, there were still more goals to be had as Jon Toral scored his second - Arsenal's fourth - in the 90th minute and it was a good job he converted as Greg Leigh got City's third moments later.
What is particularly impressive is that Steve Gatting fielded a weakened team, as Arsenal are to compete in the FA Youth Cup semifinal first leg on Thursday and so there was no Chuba Akpom, no Leander Siemann, Gedion Zelalem and no Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill.