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Jack Wilshere was sent off as Arsenal’s Under-23s overcame their Manchester City counterparts 4-3 at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night.
Midfielder Wilshere, who has not featured for the Gunners’ first team in almost a year, was incensed at being fouled by a crude challenge and shoved over the guilty party, City’s Matthew Smith.
That sparked a fracas involving players from both teams and the visitors’ Tyreke Wilson also saw red.
Arsenal were 4-1 up at that point, but Brahim Diaz’s goal and a penalty from Lukas Nmecha – after a foul by Krystian Bielik – reduced the deficit.
Reiss Nelson had put the home side ahead with a curling effort and the lead was doubled shortly afterwards by Eddie Nketiah, after Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ cross from the right.
Smith pulled one back for City but Nketiah restored Arsenal’s two-goal advantage before half time.
Nelson then got his second and the Gunners’ fourth, following good work by Josh da Silva, before Wilshere’s dismissal gave City a route back into the game.
Rob Holding also played in the Premier League 2 match.
Earlier on Monday, West Ham’s youngsters pulled off a great comeback to win 3-2 at Tottenham on Monday after being two goals down at half-time.
Dylan Duncan’s deflected effort put the hosts ahead in the game at Hotspur Way and they doubled their lead when Marcus Edwards netted with a penalty after being fouled by Tunji Akinola.
The Hammers hit back after the break, with Vashon Neufville crossing for Dan Kemp to score before Nathan Holland curled in the equaliser.
And Akinola atoned for his earlier error by setting up Josh Pask for the winner.