Kyle Ebecilio's second-half equaliser ensured Arsenal Under-18s a share of the spoils against Watford at London Colney on Saturday.
Steve Bould's youngsters headed into the clash top of Premier Academy League Group A, but with other sides around them having games in hand, victory was crucial.
But in the end only a point was salvaged from the young Gunners' short trip next door.
The hosts got off to the perfect start inside five minutes when Michael Kalu fired the hosts ahead.
But Bould's side were much improved after the break and eventually grabbed an equaliser with 15 minutes remaining through Dutch youth international Ebecilio - his second goal in as many matches.
Arsenal travel to Birmingham in three weeks' time for their final match of the campaign.
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