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Under-23s preview: Arsenal v Rovers

Damien Johnson's side are back in Premier League 2 action tonight against the Londoners

17 December 2018

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Rovers Under-23s are back in action this evening as Damien Johnson's side take on Arsenal at Boreham Wood's Meadow Park.

Rovers will be buoyed coming into the game against the Gunners from last week's emphatic victory over Swansea City at the Rovers Academy.

Joe Nuttall is a man in form with six goals in his last three outings, and will be aiming to add to that tally this evening in Hertfordshire.

The Gunners are seven points ahead of Rovers in the Premier League 2 table, but they come into the game in poor form. They are winless in their last five, which includes three defeats in their last three outings.

Johnson will be without Dan Butterworth, who sits out the first of a three-game suspension following his sending off against the Swans last time out.

Having not been in the first team squad against Birmingham City at the weekend, young pair Lewis Travis and Joe Nuttall could also be included in the squad to take on the Gunners tonight.

Opponents Arsenal could include highly-rated Eddie Nketiah in the squad, who has appeared in their first team in recent years, and Emile Smith-Rowe, who went on their pre-season tour in the summer.

Ex-Sweden international Freddie Ljungberg is in charge of the Gunners' Development Squad, and his team could be impacted by the first team playing Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup later this week, which may mean changes could be made. 

Kick-off this evening is at 7pm.


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