Arsenal’s FA Youth Cup draw has been confirmed all the way to the final, assuming the u18s keep winning their matches.
Unlike in previous rounds, where the draw was made on a round-by-round basis, the sixth round and semi-final draws are made all at once.
The Arsenal u18s haven’t even played the fifth round yet, as they host West Bromwich Albion at Meadow Park on Saturday 9th February at 13:00. Nonetheless, we can already map out their run to the trophy:
- Fifth round: West Bromwich Albion (Home, Meadow Park)
- Sixth round: Everton or Brighton (Home, Emirates Stadium)
- Semi-final: Bournemouth or Manchester City (Two Legs, Home and Away)
- Final: Preston North End, Bury, Liverpool, Wigan Athletic, Leicester City, Watford or Ipswich Town (Two Legs, Home and Away)
Arsenal’s list of potential final opponents clearly needs some trimming in the coming months. Otherwise, the path is pretty close to being set. Now it’s just about getting those wins on the board.
In the last round, Arsenal knocked out U18 Premier League leaders Tottenham Hotspur, winning the match 5-2. The youngsters had to come from behind twice to secure victory, but in the end, the attacking trio of Xavier Amaechi, Bukayo Saka and Folarin Balogun were just too much for Spurs.
With the first team starting to get to the business end of the season, playing crucial Premier League games and Europa League knockout ties from here on out, it’s likely those three will be able to stick with the u18s for the remainder of their cup campaign.
Let’s hope Arsenal can finally lift the trophy again, 10 years after their last Youth Cup success.