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Wednesday 09 January 2013

Barclays U21s: Arsenal and West Brom kick off second phase

First Elite Group stage encounter ends in a hard-fought draw at London Colney

  • Andre Santos strikes the equaliser for Arsenal

  • Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson is tackled by West Brom's Bradley Garmston

  • Adil Nabi opened the scoring for West Brom against a strong Arsenal side

The opening fixture of the second phase of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League ended in a hard-fought 1-1 draw as Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion met at London Colney.

The meeting between two sides who advanced from Group 1 of the first phase was used by Arsenal Under-21s manager Terry Burton to help the recovery from injury of a couple of first-team players, Abou Diaby and Andre Santos.

Facing an Arsenal side where Vito Mannone, Carl Jenkinson, Francis Coquelin and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were among other first-team regulars to start in a strong XI, a young West Brom side did well to take the lead through Adil Nabi’s 22nd-minute header.

Arsenal equalised just before half-time through Santos and, despite having a number of chances after the break, could not get a second and almost went behind through Nabi. The home side’s match ended on a low note when Emmanuel Frimpong was handed a second yellow card.

Arsenal report | WBA report

The next match in the Elite Group takes place tomorrow when a Chelsea side who are expected to include John Terry will face Fulham behind closed doors at Cobham Training Ground.

Download full fixture list here

Wednesday 9 January 2013
Elite Group

Arsenal 1-1 West Bromwch Albion

Thursday 10 January 2013
Elite Group

Chelsea v Fulham, 7.05pm, Cobham Training Ground

Friday 11 January 2013
Group 2
Stoke City v Norwich City, 6.30pm, Nantwich Town FC

Monday 14 January 2013
Elite Group

Tottenham Hotspur v Wolverhampton Wanderers, 1pm, THFC Training Centre
Liverpool v Southampton, 2pm, LFC Academy
Manchester United v West Ham United, 7pm, Altrincham FC

Group 1
Aston Villa v Middlesbrough, 7pm, Hinckley United FC
Blackburn Rovers v Everton, 7pm, Leigh Sports Village

Group 2
Manchester City v Reading, 1pm, Athletics Stadium
Crystal Palace v Bolton Wanderers, 7pm, Selhurst Park

To view the league tables after the qualificaton stage, click here

You can follow developments on Twitter with the Premier League's account @premierleague or via the hashtag #BU21PL

Key Points

  • Barclays Under-21 Premier League resumes with draw between Arsenal and West Brom
  • Arsenal use fixture to help return of regular first-team players
  • Chelsea set to field John Terry in their opening match against Fulham

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