By Chris Harris
Rhys Murphy will be keeping his feet firmly on the ground when Arsenal face Liverpool in the FA Youth Cup Final.
The young Gunners have been the toast of the Under-18 scene this season, leaving their divisional rivals in their wake before securing the Academy League title with a 1-0 victory at Tottenham in the play-offs. It's been a similar story in the Youth Cup with highly-rated Manchester City swept aside in the Semi-Final.
Steve Bould's boys will complete the 'double' if they overcome Liverpool over two legs - the first of which takes place at Emirates Stadium on Friday. But Murphy refuses to get carried away by the prospect of Youth Cup glory. As far as he is concerned, forging a professional career is more important.
"There is a special atmosphere around the training ground but we're not getting too hooked on it," Murphy told Arsenal.com.
"The coaches are telling us it’s a good thing to win but remember you want to make your careers as well. We don’t want to get caught up in it but yes we want to beat Liverpool.
"Everyone wants to win it and Steve Bould and all the players are confident that we can go and win it."
Murphy is as likely a matchwinner as anyone after scoring the title-clinching goal at White Hart Lane on Sunday. Now the England youth international is looking forward to making his mark at Emirates Stadium after injury ruled him out of the Semi-Final win over Man City.
"I don’t think it makes too much difference whether we play at home first or second," he said. "Personally I would have liked to have played the second leg at home but it doesn't matter either way.
"It will be a great occasion on Friday, especially with the fans behind us. It’s great to play in front of those Arsenal supporters, that definitely helps us. And playing at Emirates Stadium previously will definitely help as well."
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