After being held to a 2-2 draw in their FA Youth Cup semi-final first leg, our under-18s welcome Blackpool back to Emirates Stadium on Monday night with a place in the final up for grabs.
Read on for our preview of the game:
THE STORY SO FAR
There’s still plenty of work to be done at home after last month’s reverse tie at Bloomfield Road.
We twice took the lead through Tyreece John-Jules and Xavier Amaechi but were pegged back each time, and Trae Coyle’s missed penalty left the tie in the balance going into Monday evening’s clash.
The comfortable manner in which we reached this stage of the competition should give us plenty of confidence, though.
Prior to last month’s first leg, we had scored 13 goals in just four FA Youth Cup matches this season, starting with an Amaechi-inspired 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday.
Liverpool were the next to fall, courtesy of John-Jules’ extra-time winner in front of the Kop, before we beat Middlesbrough 3-2 in the last 16 to set up a quarter-final clash against Colchester United.
It was after half-time in Essex that we really showed our class. Emile Smith Rowe struck twice, including a stunning free-kick, before Bukaya Saka, Flo Balogun and Amaechi scored as we hit five goals past Colchester during an irrepressible second-half blitz.
If we are to book our place in the final, we will need to channel a similarly clinical performance in front of goal on Monday night.
While we may be the favourites on paper,…