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The triumph of youth

The triumph of youth

Chelsea's U18s thrashed Arsenal's youth team at the Emirates on Monday night to lift a trophy that they've won so often it'll soon be named after them. Taking a 3-1 advantage to north London from the first leg, they won 4-0 on the night - 7-1 on aggregate - thanks to two goals from the

Chelsea’s U18s thrashed Arsenal’s youth team at the Emirates on Monday night to lift a trophy that they’ve won so often it’ll soon be named after them.

Taking a 3-1 advantage to north London from the first leg, they won 4-0 on the night – 7-1 on aggregate – thanks to two goals from the outstanding Callum Hudson-Odoi, one from Billy Gilmour and one from sub Tino Anjorin.

The Blues’ dominance of the FA Youth Cup (five victories in five successive seasons) means Chelsea have the chance to do an extraordinary double over the Gunners in the space of a week as Chelsea Ladies face Arsenal at Wembley on Saturday afternoon in the Women’s FA Cup as well.

Chelsea found themselves looking through Billy Gilmour’s eyes, as it were, after 11 minutes when the midfielder chest-controlled, then volleyed in on Monday, to end any hopes of a red revival. The comprehensive win was a blow to Arsenal’s young talents.

Now the hope is that the brightest and best will not be farmed out to other clubs and forgotten, or merely sold and abandoned.

There’s real talent in this young squad, and they have surely earned the right to advance towards the first time… Hudson-Odoi especially.

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