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Ipswich Town to host Arsenal Under-21s in last 32 of EFL Trophy



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Arsenal Under-21s are set to head to Portman Road to take on Paul Cook's Ipswich Town in the last 32 of the Papa John's (EFL) Trophy at the start of next month.

After topping their Southern Group A, following West Ham United U21s' being docked three points, Ipswich fans had already known they would benefit from a home knockout tie.

It had also been revealed they would come up against one of four teams; Chelsea U21s, Arsenal U21s, Charlton Athletic or Stevenage after they were placed in Draw A of the Southern Section.

Ipswich Town's Portman Road will host the young Gunners in the last 32 tie in the Papa John's (EFL) Trophy Picture: Barry Goodwin
Ipswich Town's Portman Road will host the young Gunners in the last 32 tie in the Papa John's (EFL) Trophy Picture: Barry Goodwin

And following this afternoon's draw, which took place live on SKY Sports, it will be the young Gunners who make the journey over from north London.

The Blues lost to the north London side in the group stage of the competition at the same venue last season, with a 2-1 scoreline.

It is the first time Town have made it to the knockout stages of the competition since their relegation to League One.

The last 32 ties are set to take place in the week commencing November 29. But with Town hosting Crewe Alexandra on Sunday, November 28, it looks almost certain their match will be announced to take place on Wednesday, December 1.

Five more wins would get the Blues to Wembley for the first time since the ground was rebuilt following their play-off final promotion at the expense of Barnsley in May 2000.

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