The FA Youth Cup

Arsenal's Kaylen Hinds targets FA Youth Cup turnaround

Friday 01 Apr 2016

Kaylen Hinds has never tasted defeat at the Emirates Stadium and will hope to extend that record on Monday as Arsenal seek to overturn an FA Youth Cup semi-final first-leg deficit.

The 18-year-old, who penned a first professional contract with the Gunners in February 2015, led the line in the first leg at the Academy Stadium, in which Manchester City came from behind to win 2-1.

But England Under-18s striker Hinds insists Arsenal, seven-time winners of The FA Youth Cup, are still in the tie and he hopes to be their lucky charm. 

Arsenal v Manchester City

The FA Youth Cup
Semi-Final, second leg
7.45pm, Monday 4 April 2016
Emirates Stadium, Arsenal FC
By Joshua Richards

"Every time I have played at Emirates Stadium, we have never lost," he said. 

"Even when I was playing with the U15s, we never lost. I think with Manchester City, it could be a good thing for us. I have played there five times, scored three times and not lost. 

"We will be strong there. If we get an early goal, then another, we are right back in the game. 

"It is my last year in The FA Youth Cup and I would like to win something.

"You look at the guys who won it last time Arsenal won [in 2009], such as Jack Wilshere and the rest of the boys, it would be a good thing to win. 

"Hopefully I can do the same thing as them, and it would be good for my career if we could do the same."

With Gunners legend Thierry Henry in the crowd for the first leg, he witnessed Jeff Reine-Adelaide put Arsenal in front after just four minutes.

And Hinds soon hit the post as the Gunners looked to extend their advantage.

But goals from Hinds' England squad mates Lukas Nmecha and Isaac Buckley-Ricketts turned the tie on its head by half time.

City have reached the Final seven times, but triumphed only twice, losing last season's showpiece to Chelsea.

And Blues boss Jason Wilcox is under no illusions that their job is not yet done.

"I was really pleased with the first leg," said the former England winger. 

"We started sloppy, in the first ten minutes we weren’t quite at it and conceded a really poor goal.

"After that in the remainder of the first half we were excellent, I couldn’t have asked for any more than I got.

"Some of our play, and the way we circulated the ball, was first class. We should have scored more.

"The lads give me honesty and when they lose the ball they work so hard to get it back. 

"It’s all to play for in the second leg and Arsenal will know they are in for a game down there."

By FA Staff