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Arsenal Women suffer 5-0 defeat to boys U15 side behind closed doors friendly in London Colney

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Arsenal Women suffer an embarrassing 5-0 defeat by their boys’ U15 squad behind closed doors…

  • Chido Obi scored a hat-trick when Arsenal U15 won 5-0 against the ladies
  • Lina Hurtig was a player who played in the friendly match at London Colney
  • But it is believed that several stars were absent from the closed-door match
  • Four of Jonas Eidevall’s squad were called up by Euro 2022 winners England

Arsenal Women’s pre-season preparation got off to a rocky start after being beaten 5-0 by the boys’ U15 squad in a friendly.

The match – in which winger Chido Obi scored a hat-trick – took place behind closed doors as the second-place Women’s Super League began preparations for the new season last season.

New signing Lina Hurtig was a player who played in what Arsenal described as a ‘private’ match at London Colney.

Arsenal Women’s pre-season got off to a rough start after a 5-0 defeat to the boys’ U15

New signing Lina Hurtig (front) seen in the closed-door friendly at London Colney

New signing Lina Hurtig (front) seen in the closed-door friendly at London Colney

Arsenal declined to confirm further details about the friendly match Sports postbut it is believed several senior players from Jonas Eidevall’s squad were not involved in the match, and many are currently on international duty.

Lionesses, including Euro 2022-winning captain Leah Williamson and the likes of Beth Mead, Lotte Wubben-Moy and Jordan Nobbs, have been called up by Sarina Wiegman for the World Cup qualifiers against Austria and Luxembourg in the coming week.

Star striker Vivianne Miedema, midfielder Lia Walti and Caitlin Foord have also joined the Netherlands, Switzerland and Australia respectively.

However, the bulk of the first team squad was at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday night to watch Mikel Arteta’s men take four wins out of four and remain at the top of the table.

The match - in which winger Chido Obi scored a hat-trick - took place behind closed doors

The match – in which winger Chido Obi scored a hat-trick – took place behind closed doors

Youth fan Williamson passionately celebrated both goals as the women watched before heading off to international duty.

Their latest result comes just three months after boss Eidevall told them the athletic he planned to pit his team against the boys’ U16s in a bid to prime them for Champions League opponents.

“We need to have a good partnership with our boys academy to involve them in training and internal matches so that we can play against something physical and faster than we will ever play in the Champions League, to set the benchmark,” said the Swede in May.

Supposedly several first-team stars, including Leah Williamson, missed the game

Supposedly several first-team stars, including Leah Williamson, missed the game

Jonas Eidevall revealed in May that he planned to host more matches against the boys' youth

Jonas Eidevall revealed in May that he planned to host more matches against the boys’ youth

“That’s an amazing opportunity that most football teams around the world would give anything to do; to see if we can make our training harder than the games.

“That means if we are successful in training, we will certainly be successful in games. We have a little more time and it will be a little easier.

“That’s more something to talk to with Per Mertesacker (Manager of Arsenal Boys’ Academy). Under 15 or 16 is usually a good age group where physicality hasn’t grown that much in all players. They are slightly faster than our players, but it is not impossible to play against.’

Chelsea Women, however, had no such problems, beating the Blues' men's U18 4-3

Chelsea Women, however, had no such problems, beating the Blues’ men’s U18 4-3

Arsenal are hoping to take another step in the Women’s Super League this season after being snatched to the title by Emma Hayes’ Chelsea last season.

The Blues were also in recent pre-season action, with Sam Kerr, Magdalena Eriksson, Millie Bright and Jessie Fleming all playing in a 4-3 win against their men’s U18 on the training ground.

Meanwhile, The Gunners kick off the new season with a tough trip to Manchester City on September 11.

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