By Nick Teale
 
Conor Henderson says he and his young Arsenal team-mates won't settle for second best in this season's FA Youth Cup.
 
The Gunners begin their trophy defence with a home game against Crewe Alexandra tonight and Steve Bould's team have already set their sights on retaining their crown.
 
"We definitely want to win it," said midfielder Henderson.
 
"We don't want to be runners-up or anything else, we want to go the whole way."
 
Many of the players involved in last season's victorious side are too old for the competition this term but Henderson believes the current crop of Arsenal youngsters is just as capable of delivering success.
 
"We've got a strong side this year with a lot of talented players," he said.
 
"Everyone was in and around the success they had last year and everyone definitely wants it as much this time.
 
"We train with last season's squad and we learn things from them so hopefully we can replicate what they did last year."
 
The 18-year-old Irishman was a substitute in both legs of last season's Final but he's determined to have a more prominent role in any success in the current campaign.
 
"I played here and there last year and we went all the way. It would be nice to play fully this year and go on and win it.
 
"There are a lot of good players and a lot of competition, especially in midfield, so I've just got to keep working hard and playing well.
 
"Throughout the tournament last season we played good teams and came up against good players and every round we were picking up confidence because we knew we could beat them."

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