Chelsea starlet ‘buzzing’ for Arsenal showdown

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Chelsea youngster Izzy Brown can’t wait to do battle with Arsenal in the FA Youth Cup tomorrow night.

The two sides meet in the first leg of their semi-final at Stamford Bridge, with great expectations and a decent crowd expected to see the capital's stars of the future.

Brown is just one of the promising teenagers set to be on show to the public in west London, and the 17-year-old will be hoping to make his mark on the big stage.

"Everyone around here is buzzing for it. For the youth team it's like a dream to be able to play in the Youth Cup semi-finals and final. It's massive so hopefully we can get the win tomorrow and go to the Emirates and get a win there too," he told the official Chelsea website.

"I'm excited as well because it's my first Youth Cup semi-final and it's a London derby which makes it an even bigger occasion. I've heard there are going to be quite a few fans and it's great to have their support at youth level.

"I've played at the Bridge before for the Chelsea Under-21s and I scored a couple of goals there so hopefully I can do the same and score tomorrow."

Brown only joined the Blues back in the summer, but will be hoping to maintain the club's fine form in the competition, having won it twice and reached the final three times in the last four years.

It's been a relatively straightforward passage this time around as well, beating Dartford, Sheffield Wednesday and Cardiff along the way before a 3-2 semi-final victory in Newcastle.

Arsenal pose a different proposition altogether, having eased their way to this stage as well.

The young Gunners beat Torquay and Peterborough by five goals, before victories against Charlton and Everton to reach the last four.

Victory on the King's Road would make them favourites to reach the final - against Fulham - but just staying in the tie will be the number one priority ahead of next week's return leg at Arsenal's home ground - the Emirates Stadium.

You can watch the game live on Chelsea TV from 6:30pm on Thursday.

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