Across the Easter weekend, Joao Virginia played in goal as an Arsenal u17 side saw off Ajax, Barcelona and Anderlecht to win the ABN AMRO Future Cup.
The Portuguese signed for Arsenal in the summer despite interest from Manchester United and looks like quite the coup. The tournament hosted by Ajax was his first chance to show many Arsenal fans what he’s capable of and he didn’t disappoint.
After strong showings in the group stage, Virginia kept Arsenal in the semi-final with some fantastic saves to deny Barcelona’s rising stars. Clips of the semi-final can be seen here along with the goalkeeper’s two penalty saves as Arsenal won the shootout after a 0-0 draw.
It wasn’t a fluke. Through to the final against Anderlecht, famous for having a fantastic academy system, the game once again ended 0-0 and went to penalties.
Once again, Virginia won it for Arsenal this time making not two but three saves to deny players from the spot.
Arsenal’s u17 Joao Virginia saving 3 penalty’s as they beat Anderlecht to win the Future Cup. pic.twitter.com/X6UPzZcsaL
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Petr Čech is 33 but has admitted he could play until he’s 40. If our Portuguese youngster develops as hoped, we might not need Čech for another five years, let alone seven.