By Declan Taylor
Double-goalscorer Sanchez Watt admits he was taken aback by Arsenal’s “dream” start in the second leg of their FA Youth Cup Semi-Final.
There were only 34 seconds on the clock when Watt stroked Arsenal into the lead – extending their aggregate advantage over Manchester City to 3-1.
Twenty minutes later, the striker was dragged down in the box by City keeper Joe Clegg and Jack Wilshere made no mistake from the spot. Kyle Bartley headed home another before Watt doubled his tally, dispossessing Reece Wabara and sliding in Arsenal’s fourth from 10 yards.
Watt, who had never scored a Youth Cup goal before the clash, couldn’t quite believe what he was seeing.
“It was kind of surprising, I’m not going to lie,” he told Arsenal.com. “The goals just kept coming.
“I thought ‘this isn’t how it’s meant to be!’ it was such a hard, hard game at Man City – this one was like a dream basically.
“We gave away a silly goal at the end of the first half but we knew that the game was shut off.”
Man City were the latest in a long-line of youth-team heavyweights put to the sword by Bould’s boys in the competition this season. Aston Villa and Tottenham were both top of their respective Academy Leagues when Arsenal came calling and City hadn’t tasted defeat all season before their first-leg clash at Eastlands last month.
And, although Watt admits they’ve done it the hard way, the striker is wary of over-confidence.
“It’s special of course but we can’t get too confident,” he stressed. “If we do that teams will try and overpower us.
“I think we need to go in like we’re underdogs and show what we’re all about.
“The boys in the dressing room are so up for this and we’ve been talking about the cup for so long. We are waiting on who we’re going to play next – Liverpool or Birmingham.
“I think the boys are looking forward to playing here again and hopefully we’ll do well.”Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 23 Apr 2009