Arsenal U18s suffered a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool in the FA Youth Cup on Friday night, with Ken Gillard’s side exiting the prestigious competition at the quarter-finals stage despite Miguel Azeez’s penalty.
The young Gunners didn’t play particularly badly overall but they weren’t as ruthless as Liverpool and also made some costly defensive errors.
In addition, the absence of winger Omari Hutchinson, who missed out through injury, was keenly felt.
Although it was a disappointing night for Arsenal, there was one major positive to take from proceedings in the performance of Kido Taylor-Hart.
The 18-year-old has enjoyed an impressive season at youth level during which he has mainly featured for the U23s despite still being eligible to play for the U18s.
In recent weeks Taylor-Hart has often been deployed in the number ten position, but at Anfield he was back on the left wing and demonstrated his excellent technical ability as he caused problems for the Liverpool defence.
Taylor-Hart’s Arsenal future is still uncertain. His scholarship deal expires at the end of June and he has yet to commit to a professional deal, but if he does end up staying he certainly appears to be a player who is capable of progressing quite quickly.