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Arsenal’s Under-23 clash with Man United saw THREE brother play against each other

It is believed to be the first time in almost 30 years three professional footballing brothers have played in the same game

THEY are all hoping for a long and distinguished England career, and on Monday night, three footballing brothers took to the pitch at the same time.

Arsenal against Manchester United is always a tasty affair, and the Under-23 version played out in north London was no different.

Arsenal duo Chris Willock (left) and Joe Willock (right) stand with their older brother, Matthew Willock, who plays for Manchester United

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Arsenal duo Joe Willock (left) and Chris Willock (right) stand with their older brother, Matthew Willock, who plays for Manchester United

But the sight of Arsenal duo Chris and Joe Willock going up against older brother Matthew was something the fans in attendance should never forget.

Chris and Matthew, 19 and 20 respectively, both started the game, and when Arsenal introduced Joe, the youngest of the trio at 17 in the 46th minute, the game took an intriguing turn.

Arsenal's Chris Willock takes on Scott McTominay and Matthew Olosunde of Manchester United

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Arsenal’s Chris Willock takes on Scott McTominay and Matthew Olosunde of Manchester United

It’s believed to be the first time in over 35 years three professional footballing brothers have played in the same game.

Back in 1998, the Wallace brothers, Danny and twins Rod and Ray played against Sheffield Wednesday for Southampton.

For the record, the teams drew 2-2, with United the happier of the two after coming back from two goals down to earn a share of the spoils.

Chris Willock has starred for Arsenal through out their youth set up and is regarded as one of the best talents to emerge from the academy in recent years.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been raving about the winger for some time and at the start of the season he expressed his high hopes for the England youth international.

Joe Willock attempts to close down ab opponent, after he came up against his brother Matthew

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Joe Willock attempts to close down ab opponent, after he came up against his brother Matthew

Joe Willock is in the Arsenal set up and the youngest brother of the trio of youth prospects, he played regularly for the academy this season and is also tipped to be a top player.

His profile on Arsenal.com sees him described as a “stylish midfielder with good passing range”.

Matthew Willock incredibly once played for Arsenal too, but it now one of Manchester United’s top prospects.

The 20-year-old left Arsenal and ended up at Reading before joining United in 2012 where he has enjoyed winning the under 21 Premier League on two occasions.

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