Serge Gnabry was the star performer as Arsenal continued their good start to the season in the Barclays U21 Premier League last night against West Bromwich Albion.
It was his 25-yard volley that separated the two sides at the Emirates stadium to ensure Arsenal had seven points from an opening possible nine.
Ryo Myiachi missed a golden opportunity just after four minutes when he rounded two players before hitting wide. Gnabry had another golden chance just a few minutes later when he almost steered his drive inside the post.
In the 34th minute Arsenal found themselves ahead when Isaac Hayden played an inch-perfect ball to Gnabry who, 25-yards out, hit a first-time volley into the top of the net.
Chuba Akpom had the best chance to double Arsenal’s lead in the first half but his shot went straight down the goalkeepers’ throat.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles came close after the break with his first touch as Kris Olsson released him down the right wing but he put a poor effort on goal.
Kemar Roofe grabbed West Brom’s equaliser, but it was called offside by the linesman much to the disappointment of the 20-year-old midfielder.
Alex Jones headed wide from six-yards out in the closing stages but Arsenal held on to take all three points.