By Nick Teale
The Academy League Play-Off Final is Arsenal's equivalent of the FA Youth Cup, according to Conor Henderson.
The Gunners crashed out of the prestigious competition in the Fourth Round but have a chance to make amends when they welcome Nottingham Forest to Emirates Stadium this afternoon.
Steve Bould's side won Premier Academy League Group A and then beat Manchester United on penalties in their Semi-Final. That set up a clash with Forest where the winner will walk away as national champions.
It also gives Arsenal's Under-18s the opportunity to end their season at Emirates Stadium, something they appeared to have missed out on when they lost to Ipswich in the Youth Cup in January.
But after topping Group A the young Gunners put in an impressive performance against United last week and Henderson says they can take real confidence into the Final.
"Everyone was over the moon to win and we can't wait for the Final," the midfielder told
"We played really well in the first half [against United] and had lots of chances but we struggled to turn those chances into goals.
"We took five really good penalties; none of them even came close to being saved so if it comes down to penalties again on Tuesday we'll be just as confident.
"Everyone wants to play at Emirates Stadium. It's a massive stadium and there will be some fans there and it's what we've worked all season for.
"This is our Youth Cup now. We went out early in that so everyone has been looking to this.
"Obviously there is a bit of pressure on us because of the success last year's team had so hopefully we can play well and win."
Henderson was involved from the bench in last season's Final, a 1-0 win over Tottenham. Left back Cedric Evina also appeared as a substitute in that match while Daniel Boateng and Shea were named in the squad but did not feature.
The entire starting XI have since graduated from the Under-18s, though up to three outfield players and a goalkeeper could be involved on Tuesday as Under-19s under Premier League rules.
Entry to the game is FREE and Arsenal TV Online will be showing the match LIVE from 1:55pm (UK time). Kick off is at 2pm.

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11 May 2010