Danny Welbeck and Rob Holding were on the scoresheet as a strong Arsenal under-23 side beat Chelsea 4-1 at London Colney.
As well as the aforementioned goalscorers the likes of Emi Martinez, Carl Jenkinson, the Jeff and Ainsley Maitland-Niles were all given run outs by Steve Gatting. January signing Cohen Bramall also featured.
The Gunners, watched at close quarters by the likes of Arsene Wenger, Freddie Ljungberg and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, did well to stymy Chelsea’s bright start before going up through the gears.
Holding, a calm presence in defence, headed home a well-worked corner to break the deadlock before Donyell Malen’s low drive doubled the lead.
Reiss Nelson’s neat backheel made it three after the break and Welbeck rounded off the scoring for the Gunners from the penalty spot. The Blues’ consolation was scored by Ike Ugbo.
The win sees the Gunners climb level on 25 points with Chelsea in the Premier League 2 table.