Arsenal have wrapped up the group stages of the Ferroli Cup, but Steve Gatting’s boys need other results to go their way if they are to reach the semi-finals.
The Gunners kicked against AC Milan on Thursday evening, already knowing that Chelsea and Manchester City had suffered defeats to Italian opposition earlier in the day. In what proved to be a tight affair, two goals in five minutes from Austin Lipman then Chuba Akpom sealed a 2-0 win.
In the other game, Aspire Academy beat AC Sambonifacese 6-0. It meant a show down with the Qatar-based school of excellence to decide the group. Arsenal were missing Akpom through injury, and it tolled. Yet despite going behind twice, Lipman and Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill goals make it 2-2, only for Aspire to grab a late winner.
That result meant Arsenal went in today’s clash with AC Sambonifacese needing to win and hoping results elsewhere go their way. They did their bit, as Lipman scored again, in between strikes from Jack Jebb and Kristoffer Olsson.
That means Arsenal need AC Milan to beat the cash-backed Aspire by a huge goal difference, or, they could also make the semi-final as the best second place team in the competition. However, that would depend on results involving Hallas Verona and Juventus going their way. Both seem unlikely.
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