Arsenal’s hopes of winning the FA Youth Cup have been ended at the semi-final stage as Manchester City secured a 2-2 draw at the Emirates that sees them progress 4-3 on aggregate.
The Gunners got off to the perfect start when Chris Willock opened the scoring on six minutes only for the visitors to net through Brahim Diaz and Rodney Kongolo before half-time.
Steve Gatting’s players, who were marshalled expertly all night by Krystian Bielik, rallied in the second half and found an equaliser through substitute Donyell Malen’s header, however, a red card for defender Marc Bola with 15 minutes left gave City the breathing space they needed to see out the game.
There was controversy in the dying moments when City keeper, Daniel Grimshaw, was only booked for handling outside the area and to rub salt in Arsenal wounds he produced a fine save to stop Ben Sheaf’s free-kick taking the game to extra time.
A disappointing night for the under-18s but they’ll have gained great experience playing at the Emirates.