By Chris Harris

Cedric Evina wants to make his dreams come true by lifting the FA Youth Cup this season.

The 18-year-old left-back was part of the squad which beat Liverpool in May's Final and he has been elevated to the captaincy for Arsenal's defence of the trophy, which starts on Wednesday with a home tie against Crewe.

Evina is relishing the chance to lead Steve Bould's team and would love to emulate Jay Emmanuel-Thomas by getting his hands on the silverware at the end of the season.

"There is a big buzz around the training ground," Evina told Arsenal TV Online after last week's Reserve League defeat at Fulham.

"For about two or three weeks everyone has been thinking about it and we are just happy that it is here. I was lucky enough to be in the squad that won it last season and this year I am the captain so I am hoping to lift the trophy this time. It would be a dream come true.

"I am the eldest in the defence and we have to play together and stay as a unit. If you don't play well in the Youth Cup in one game then you are out. So you have to stay focused and I will keep encouraging my team to do that."

Subscribers can now watch the full, exclusive interview with Cedric on Arsenal TV Online. The Youth Cup captain discussed:

  • the Reserves' narrow defeat at Fulham
  • the biggest difference between Under-18 and Reserve League football
  • how he got to Arsenal
  • his role models in the first team
  • the production line of left-sided players at Arsenal
  • the buzz the Youth Cup generates
  • his responsibility as this season's captain
  • how he will prepare for the Crewe game
  • whether Arsenal can win it again
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15 Dec 2009