Eduardo da Silva’s long rehabilitation took another major step forward last night, as the Croatian striker completed a full 90 minutes for Arsenal’s reserves at Stoke.
While Eduardo looked sharp and a threat up-front – unfortunate to see a late goal chalked off for offside – the man of the match for the Gunners was young Jack Wilshere who bagged both goals in the 2-all draw.
Ashley Page’s header handed the Potters a 19th-minute lead, but a superb bending effort hit by the 17-year-old Wilshere, with the outside of his boot, levelled things up five minutes later. Tom Thorley restored Stoke’s lead before Arsenal’s display was spoiled by captain Mark Randall’s dismissal, with reports accusing the young Gunner of spitting at Ryan Connor. The North Londoners rallied, Wilshere bagging his brace to end the game honours-even.