21Aug96 Ipswich Town(CC) 2-0
29Aug96 Watford 3-0
05Sep96 Bournemouth 3-0
03Oct96 Luton Town (CC) 0-1
09Oct96 Norwich City 1-1
14Oct96 West Ham (CC) 2-0
22Oct96 Brighton 5-1
07Nov96 Chelsea 0-2
12Nov96 Millwall 1-1
28Nov96 West Ham 2-0
09Dec96 QPR 7-0
19Dec96 Wimbledon 0-2
20Jan97 Swindon 6-2
30Jan97 Bristol C 2-2
06Feb97 Tottenham 1-2
27Feb97 Luton 1-1
03Mar97 Southampton 3-1
05Mar97 Norwich 1-3
12Mar97 Oxford 0-5
15Mar97 Crystal Palace 1-1
26Mar97 Swansea City 2-3
03Apr97 Bristol Rovers 0-1
16Apr97 Cardiff City  
24Apr97 Ipswich Town  
26Apr97 Charlton Athletic  
30Apr97 Portsmouth  

  Pos Pld W D L F A Points
Arsenal 7 18 7 5 6 39 25 26

he reserves played host to Bristol, in an uninspiring match which resulted in a 0-1 defeat.

An early first half goal from Frankie Bennett set the pirates asail, and left us struggling to find a rhythm. Vince Bartram denied the visitors a two goal lead when he saved a 35th minute penalty from Andy Gurney.

Stepping out in the second half, Arsenal showed plenty of determination. However, the young outfit failed to capitalise on the chances they created. The best came from a 49th minute move initiated by Ross Taylor, whose through ball picked out Omer Riza. After fooling the Rovers 'keeper, Omer shot wide of the goal.

A game of missed opportunities best described the fixture and George Armstrong concluded: "It's not about winning the competition. Up until two months ago, we'd have had a chance. But Arsene Wenger has done the right thing. He wants my players to come through to the first team. And that way, the younger kids get match practice."

Arsenal: Bartram, Crowe, Taylor, (Clark, 82 mins), V.Gislason, Woolsey (S.Gislason 69 mins), Wicks, Bowes, Vernazza, Rankin, Gray, Riza (T.Black, 56 mins)

Last Updated:
Monday April 21, 1997 12:30:08 GMT Daylight Time

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