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24 July 2019 Venue The Hive Attendance

Kick off 19:45 (UK)

Barnet Football Club
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Arsenal XI

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Match Previews

Preview: Arsenal XI (H) - Pre-season Friendly

24 July 2019

The Bees are back in action tonight as they welcome an Arsenal XI to The Hive London in their final pre-season friendly on home soil.

Darren Currie’s side will be looking to return to winning ways after Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to League One side Peterborough United.

The Bees did take the lead though when Simeon Akinola opened the scoring on 24 minutes but Ivan Toney equalised from a free-kick to level the scores going into half-time.

Posh went on to clinch victory in the second half through goals from Siriki Dembele and a wonder-strike from Serhat Tasdemir.

A Look at the Opposition:

With the first team taking part in the International Champions Cup in America, an alternate Arsenal side will travel to The Hive London tonight.

The Bees will be going up against a Gunners side predominantly made up under-23 and under-18 players.

The first team finished fifth in the Premier League last season, one point behind rivals Tottenham Hotspur who clinched the final Champions League spot.

As for the under-23 side, they just missed out on the Premier League 2 title last season, finishing second, four points off champions Everton.

However, their under-18s tasted glory last campaign, winning the U-18 Premier League South.

Academy Manager: Per Mertesacker

Former Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker began his role as Academy manager in 2018 following his retirement from football.

The 34-year-old made over 200 appearances for the Gunners after joining in 2011 from Werder Bremen and helped them win the FA Cup three times.

Mertesacker also featured over 100 times for Germany and was part of the side that were crowned world champions in 2014.

As well as Arsenal and Werder Bremen, the former defender also played for Hannover 96.

Under-23 Head Coach: Steve Bould

Steve Bould took the reins of Arsenal’s under-23 side last month after seven years as the Gunners’ assistant manager and will take charge of the opposition tonight.

Before becoming Arsene Wenger's number two in 2012, he took charge of the Academy in a spell which stemmed back to 2001. He guided the youngsters to consecutive Premier League titles and the 2009 Youth Cup.

As a player, Bould began his career at Stoke City before moving to Arsenal in 1988. He would then go on to win two First Division titles and One Premier League title. As for domestic competitions, he also won the FA Cup and two occasions and the League Cup, making 372 appearances for the club in the process. Whilst at the Gunners, he was also awarded two England caps. He left the club in 1999 for Sunderland.

Last Time Out:

The last time the Bees faced an Arsenal side was back in 2010 in a pre-season friendly with the Premier League outfit winning 4-0 at Underhill.

Andrey Arshavin struck first with only two minutes on the clock before Jay Simpson scored a brace to give the Gunners a three-goal advantage at the break.

Arsene Wenger’s side then rounded off the scoring with 15 minutes remaining through Samir Nasri.  


Arsenal’s Head of Youth Scouting Steve Morrow was briefly sent out on loan to Barnet in 1992 in order to gain first team experience whilst at the Gunners.

Another member of Arsenal’s Academy coaching staff is former Bee Adam Birchall who is currently in charge of the club’s under-12 side. The 34-year-old initially joined Barnet on loan from Mansfield Town in 2006 before penning a permanent deal a year later. That spell extended to two years where he would go on to make over 100 appearances for the Bees before leaving for Dover Athletic in 2009.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Barnet 2-3 Arsenal

24 July 2019

The Bees last home pre-season friendly ended in defeat, despite a spirited second half fightback.

Darren Currie’s side found themselves three goals behind at the break as the visitors showed their class in the opening 45 minutes, with Folarin Balogun netting a hat-trick.

The second 45 minutes was much improved as goals from Jack Barham and Charlie Adam’s brought the Bees right back into the game, however they couldn’t find that all important leveller.

After an even start, it was the visitors who took the lead after 12 minutes, as Balogun scored from the penalty spot. He sent Loach the wrong way as he fired into the bottom left corner.

Just one minute later the Gunners doubled their lead as Balogun broke through again, he ran into the box and coolly slotted into the corner.

On 17 minutes Balogun completed his hat-trick with a superb strike from 20 yards, he turned away from the Bees defenders around him and sent a powerful shot past a hapless Loach.

Andre Boucard almost pulled one back for the Bees before the break but his deflected strike hit the wrong side of the net.

Three minutes into the second half and Antonis Vasiliou was next to try his luck, he did well to make the space but his shot went comfortably over the bar. The Bees number 33 was a positive point, he was tenacious and caused problems all evening.

Vasiliou was involved again soon after as he slipped in Jack Bahram who was brought down. The man who won it, stepped up and fired his penalty into the back of the net.

On 55 minutes the deficit should have been reduced to one goal, a stunning team move finished with Bahram who struck the bar from close range. However, the ball fell to Simeon Akinola but he couldn’t apply the finish with the goal at his mercy.

With half an hour to go the Bees had the ball in the net again but Barham’s header was ruled out for offside.

It really was game on with 20 minutes to go as Adams smashed a fizzing effort past Tom Smith, it was the least the Bees deserved following an impressive second half showing.

Balogun looked to wrap the game up for Arsenal but his close range effort was excellently blocked by Harry Taylor to send the ball over the top.

The Bees tried everything they could to end the match on level terms but couldn't find a clear cut opening in the late stages of an entertaining contest at The Hive. 

Currie's side make the short trip to St Albans for their final pre-season match this Saturday (27th July, 3pm), before they begin their National League campaign as Yeovil visit The Hive. 

Attendance: 2300

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Ticket News

All stands now open for Arsenal XI clash

22 July 2019

Due to popular demand, the Club can now confirm that all stands will be open for our pre-season friendly with Arsenal XI.

All tickets will work through any turnstiles. The seating will remain unsegregated.

Ticket details are as follows:

Adults - £10

Concessions* - £5

Under 17 - £1

All BFC Members can use their cards at the turnstiles to gain free entry.

You can purchase your tickets on the day or in advance via our online ticket office.

The club will not be taking ticket sales over the phone and The Hive discount won't be available on any pre-season tickets.


*Concessions - 17-21 & 65+

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