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Gunners Hold No Fear For Young Blues

Nothing to fear for Everton U18s in Youth Cup tie with Arsenal.

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Kevin Sheedy insists Everton's young stars have nothing to fear from their trip to Arsenal.

The Under-18s face the Gunners at Barnet on Monday evening (7pm) in the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup.

Arsenal are well known for developing young players gleaned from all over the world and won the competition in 2009.

But after losing narrowly 2-1 in London earlier this season Everton won the return league game 3-1 at Finch Farm to offer a real sense of optimism.

He told evertontv: "We have watched them, we know about them and we have played against them twice this season. It will be a very difficult tie away from home but one we are looking forward to and one we know we can win.

"We have nothing to fear, we know they have some excellent players but so have we."

And while Sheedy has been impressed with the Duncan Ferguson-inspired goals haul this season, he is looking for improvements at the other end of the pitch.

"We do a lot of work, Duncan particularly, with the strikers and their finishing. We have scored a lot of very good goals this season. Defensively we are leaking too many goals.

"I am still waiting for someone to score a really good goal against us; we seem to gift teams goals. If we can keep a clean sheet we have a really good chance of winning."

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