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PHOTO: 'Colossal' Chelsea wonderkid praised as they beat Arsenal in FA Youth Cup

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Chelsea beat Arsenal in the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup on Thursday night, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek picking up the plaudits.

Chelsea progressed to their third FA Youth Cup final in as many years by beating Arsenal at the Emirates on Thursday night.

The Blues clinched a 1-0 win thanks to a first half goal from Charlie Colkett in front of a sold out crowd, winning 3-1 on aggregate.

Chelsea's under-18 manager Ade Viveash praised the goalscorer after the game and singled out midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek for praise, (pictured above with Chuba Akpom of Arsenal).

"Charlie Colkett's now scored four in six games I think and that's been a part of his game that we've been working with him to improve. Now he's up to full fitness he's making some great runs to get into goalscoring positions and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who was also involved in the goal, has just been colossal in the two games."

Midfielder Loftus-Cheek featured for the first team in their end of season friendlies last year, and is a regular for the club's under-21 side, making 14 appearances this campaign, scoring once and providing two assists.

Centre-back Andreas Christensen, criticised for his wages by The Mail this week, kept a clean sheet, once again putting in an assured display.

Chelsea will take on rivals Fulham in the final, who beat Reading in the opposing semi-final, who had knocked out Liverpool in the previous round.

Arsenal: Josh Vickers, Tafari Moore, Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill, Glen Kamara (Austin Lipman 85), Leander Siemann (Stefan O'Connor 69), Julio Pleguezuelo, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Gedion Zelalem, Chuba Akpom (c), Jack Jebb, Alex Iwobi (Daniel Crowley 59)

Chelsea: Mitchell Beeney; Fankaty Dabo (Isak Ssewankambo 59), Andreas Christensen, Jake Clarke-Salter (Izzy Brown 68), Ola Aina; Jordan Houghton, Charlie Colkett (Reece Mitchell 80), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (c); Alex Kiwomya, Dominic Solanke, Jay Dasilva

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