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Noah Dougherty
Wednesday 07 November 2018

It’s another game at The New Lawn tonight and that means another edition in our series of Checkatrade Trophy matchday programmes.

Here is a look inside this weeks’ edition for our match with Arsenal U21s:

Big interview: Isaac Pearce 

Isaac Pearce vs Cheltenham celebration

For striker Isaac Pearce, the Checkatrade Trophy has become a platform this season for him to showcase his talents.

In both games against Cheltenham Town and Coventry City, the 20-year-old has been introduced from the subs bench and made an impact.

The former Fulham man netted the fourth and final goal against the Robins before securing a point at the Ricoh Arena, popping up in the box to head home.

“It was a good experience playing against Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena,” he said.

“It was nice to come off the bench and get my goal.

“When the chance came, I saw the ball in the air and I just thought that I had to attack it with lots of aggression so I went for it, managed to get my head on it and saw it land in the back of the net.

“I think I can jump well, despite my height, so it is not too difficult to get on the end of things and although I’m not the tallest, my heading ability isn’t too bad is it?


Getting to know: Arsenal U21s 

Arsenal U21 celebration

Freddie Ljungberg was appointed as head coach of Arsenal under-23s/21s in June 2018, and since then, his side have tasted defeat just once over the course of the season.

The Arsenal legend adopted a title winning side from Steve Gatting, but for the sake of player development, he’s had to handle losing a number of key players.

Reiss Nelson joined Hoffenheim on loan in the Bundesliga, while Emile Smith Rowe is being handed first-team opportunities. Eddie Nketiah has also been named on the bench by Unai Emery this season - and Ljungberg’s used this as an opportunity to promote some even younger talent.

17-year-olds Bukayo Saka, Tyreece John-Jules and Xavier Amaechi have all regularly featured for the under-23s this season, and proven themselves to be valuable members of the squad. Meanwhile, established players such as Zech Medley, Joe Willock, Charlie Gilmour and Julio Pleguezuelo have all benefited from Ljungberg’s philosophy.

Find out more in the programme.

How to get your programme:

Official Forest Green Rovers programmes will be available for sale at £1 from our volunteer sellers around The New Lawn.

It can be purchased at the ground on matchdays and online via the Forest Green Rovers club shop HERE. Subscriptions for the season are being taken now.