The lads built on a 2-1 half-time lead – given to us by an own goal and the first of two goals on the day from Will Miller – with second half strikes from Cameron Carter-Vickers and an opportunistic effort from Miller at the Training Centre on Saturday.
The Gunners pulled a goal back in stoppage time but a win for us never looked in doubt, with Academy Manager John left to reflect on a solid afternoon’s work.
“In the second half I was really pleased with the way we played, and with some of the individual performances,” John said.
“I thought it was quite an even game at the start and then we had the rub of the green with an own goal, but after that I thought we played quite well, although I was a bit disappointed that we conceded the goal at the end.
“We played well against Fulham but I was really disappointed with last week’s result at Leicester, so it was good to get back into winning ways.
“Also to play as well as we did against Arsenal was pleasing.”
The lads looked strong all over the pitch on Saturday, but John picked out the centre-half pairing of Filip Lesniak and Cameron Carter-Vickers, among others, for praise afterwards.
Lesniak was impressive having dropped into the centre of defence alongside Carter-Vickers, who got himself on the scoresheet with a close range effort to put us 3-1 up.
“I was pleased with Filip Lesniak, who played as a centre-half on Saturday, and I thought Cameron Carter-Vickers was extremely dominant,” John added.
“Kyle Walker-Peters was eye catching, and I was also pleased with Josh Onomah. And once Will Miller scored his first goal I thought he was very effective but also helped us to impose our style on Arsenal.”
John also stressed the importance of varying our attacking threats going forward, emphasising how the inclusion of wide players remains key in our attempts to hit the back of the net.
“I think if you look at us this year, I do think we’ve got penetration in wide areas,” he added. “Week in, week out we’re just trying to make sure we’ve got a variety of different deliveries and that the wide players aren’t just wide players but they also score at the far post.”