Arsenal Under-19s face Shakhtar Donetsk test

Meadow Park will host tonight's match

Meadow Park will host tonight's match

First published in Sport

Arsenal Under-19s face Shakhtar Donetsk tonight in the UEFA Youth League at Meadow Park.

Thanks to topping their group back in December, Arsenal now have a winnable home tie to reach the quarter-finals.

If they manage to do that it will be a glamorous fixture against giants Barcelona in Catalonia.

It’s proving to be a busy time at present for the Arsenal youth sides with two other domestic cup ties on the horizon against Everton in the FA Youth Cup quarter-finals and Reading in the Under-21 League Cup semi-finals.

Yet left back Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill wouldn’t have it any other way and is determined to keep the run going.

"We're still in all competitions so it's a busy season for all of us," he told "But that's how we want it. To end the season with a trophy would be amazing but we're just focused on Shakhtar for now.

"We know Shakhtar's going to be a tough game but to know that we've got Barcelona in the next round if we win is always going to motivate us. They are a team every footballer wants to play against no matter what age group you're in."

Chuba Akpom returned from his loan spell at Coventry to face Charlton last Friday and Ormonde-Ottewill believes the England Under-19 international could provide the spark they need to overcome Shakhtar.

"Chuba is always going to provide a threat for opposing teams because he's a top player," the 18-year-old said. "It's good to have him back because he's got that firepower and he's always an outlet for us because he runs at defenders and holds the ball up well.

"I think both teams will be going for it because it's one leg so someone has to win on the night. We've got to take our chances but at the same time be patient, we can't force it too much because that can lead to mistakes and they can catch us on the counter-attack.”

With plenty of future super stars on show tonight it is certainly worth checking out and even more so as entry is free.


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