Myles Lewis-Skelly’s header in stoppage time of extra time capped a dramatic night at Emirates Stadium as Arsenal’s under-18s beat 10-man Manchester City 2-1 to secure their place in the FA Youth Cup Final.
The winner sparked joyous scenes in front of a crowd of 10,000 with staff and substitutes racing across the pitch to join a mass bundle in front of the East Stand.
— Arsenal Academy (@ArsenalAcademy) April 4, 2023
After the match, head coach Jack Wilshere, who has overseen a number of late wins in the tournament this season, praised his players’ togetherness.
“The players have a special type of unity and it’s our biggest strength, we keep pushing, we keep going to the end,” the former England international told Arsenal.com.
“I remind the players to show that when they are on the pitch and they do. The unity has created special moments tonight, a moment they won’t forget.
“The moment when we scored the winner was special and it’s going to live in the memory of the players, staff, and everyone involved with the club.”
The young Gunners will face either West Ham United or Southampton in the one-leg final at Emirates Stadium and Wilshere is already excited.
“We’ll prepare in the same manner as always, we’ll go back over this game and review this and look to see where we can improve because the final will be a tough game,” he said.
“However, we know it’ll be a special occasion as it’s at the Emirates and we will use that alongside the incredible support from the crowd to motivate us in the final.”
The final is currently scheduled for 29th April but that clashes with the senior side’s showdown with Chelsea, so we assume another date will have to be found.
In other news, a date for Arsenal Women’s UCL Champions League semi-final second leg with Wolfsburg has now been confirmed. The match will be played at Emirates Stadium on Monday 1st May (a bank holiday) at 5.45pm. Tickets details can be found here.