Barclays U21 Premier League 2016: Saturday Result, Updated Table and Fixtures

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJanuary 30, 2016

MAJADAHONDA, SPAIN - JANUARY 27:  Stephy Mavididi of Arsenal looks on after losing the UEFA Youth League match between Atletico de Madrid and Arsenal at Atletico de Madrid Sport City on January 27, 2015 in Majadahonda, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Arsenal closed the gap at the top of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League Division 2 on Saturday, comfortably defeating hosts Stoke City 3-1 at the Moss Rose Ground. 

The victory boosted the Gunners' chances of promotion to Division 1, leaving the north London giants only a point from the summit behind Villa and pacesetters Derby County.

Sunderland continue to lead the top league and remain three points clear of Manchester United in Division 1. However, the Red Devils have three games in-hand on the Black Cats.

Here is the confirmation of Saturday's result, including updated standings and forthcoming matches: 

Under-21 Premier League: Saturday's Results
HomeScoreAway
Stoke City U211-3Arsenal U21
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Latest U21 Premier League Standings
Division 1
POSCLUBPWDLGFGAGDPTS
1Sunderland U21139132591628
2Man Utd U21108112591625
3Spurs U21155463233-119
4Man City U21115332217518
5Reading U21135352425-118
6Everton U21124531817117
7Chelsea U21104241920-114
8Southampton U21124262027-714
9Middlesbrough U21113441815313
10Norwich U21133371824-612
11Liverpool U21123361420-612
12Leicester U21122371635-199
Division 2
POSCLUBPWDLGFGAGDPTS
1Derby U211491431181328
2Aston Villa U21178452023-328
3Arsenal U211383225141127
4West Brom U21146621711624
5West Ham U21157262625123
6Stoke U21157171615122
7Swansea U21125251812617
8Blackburn U21125251818017
9Newcastle U21154562226-417
10Fulham U21135261519-417
11Wolves U211422101525-108
12Brighton U2114149825-177
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Forthcoming Matches
DateTime (GMT)Fixture
Jan. 3111.45 p.m.Sunderland U21 vs. Chelsea U21
Jan. 312 p.m.Liverpool U21 vs. Reading U21
Feb. 17 p.m.Brighton U21 vs. Wolves U21
Feb. 17 p.m.Derby U21 vs. West Ham U21
Feb. 17 p.m.Everton U21 vs. Manchester United U21
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Saturday Recap

Arsenal appeared to be cruising against Stoke in their under-21 encounter at Moss Road, but the hosts gave the Gunners a fright late in the day. 

The north London team took the lead midway through the first half, as Stephy Mavididi struck for the opener.

The prolific 17-year-old maintained his excellent form for Arsenal this term, giving his side the lead after 21 minutes.

It appeared the visitors had wrapped up the points after the hour-mark, with Marcus McGuane doubling the lead for Arsenal. 

MAJADAHONDA, SPAIN - JANUARY 27: Stephy Mavididi of Arsenal reacts after losing the UEFA Youth League match between Atletico de Madrid and Arsenal at Atletico de Madrid Sport City on January 27, 2015 in Majadahonda, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno
Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

McGuane had been a regular for the under-18 side last term, and he made no mistake in making an impression in his recent step up to the senior age group.

However, the game was turned on its head after 75 minutes when Arsenal's Dan Crowley saw red, leaving his team hamstrung for the final moments.

Villa immediately took advantage as Belgian midfielder Julien Ngoy grabbed a goal back for the hosts with 12 minutes on the clock.

The home side pushed hard for an equaliser in the last 10 minutes, but Arsenal secured the three points on the stroke of full-time, as Mavididi scored his second of the match.