Arsenal and Chelsea treated to rare Emirates Stadium offer ahead of clash
Arsenal fans could do with some cheering up after a miserable weekend.
The loss to the Championship side was hardly a giant-killing but it still registered as a big upset, given Arsenal's encouraging form in recent months and their pedigree in the world's oldest cup competition.
Before then though, there is a chance for supporters to witness a rare glimpse of the next generation at the Emirates.
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Tuesday night sees the Gunners' under-21s take on their Chelsea counterparts in a Papa John's Trophy last-16 clash.
It is a re-arranged tie that sees the only two Premier League academy sides left in the competition face off.
The furthest a Premier League academy side has ever got in this competition is the semi-finals, achieved by Chelsea in 2018. The prize for the winners is a trip to League One high-fliers Wigan Athletic in the quarter-finals.
Kevin Betsy's side will fancy their chances against their London rivals, having romped to a 6-1 victory when the sides met in Premier League 2 back in September.
It was an incredible game that saw the young Gunners miss an early penalty and even go down to ten men before half-time.
Nevertheless, they were 6-0 up before the scantest of consolations by a below-par Chelsea in stoppage time.
So far in this season's EFL Trophy, Arsenal have beaten Newport and Ipswich whilst taking Plymouth Argyle to a penalty shoot-out in the group stages.
As for Andy Myers' side, they beat both Exeter City and Bristol Rovers in the group stage before losing to Cheltenham. In the knock-out stages they then saw off Forest Green Rovers on penalties.
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Fans turning up for Tuesday's tussle can expect to see a flurry of young talents from both sides, with Mika Biereth, Omari Hutchinson and Salah-Eddine Oulad M’hand likely to be in action for the hosts whilst Chelsea could field the likes of Lewis Hall ( who made his senior debut in the FA Cup last weekend) and Jude Soonsup-Bell.
Kick-off on Tuesday is 7pm and tickets have been priced extremely low. Admission is set at just £4 adults and £2 concessions.
The club say that there is a limited capacity for the match, with fans only being seated in the Lower Tier only.
Elsewhere in the EFL Trophy, Tuesday also sees the other remaining last-16 tie take place as Cambridge United host Portsmouth.
EFL Trophy quarter-final draw
Rotherham United v Cambridge United or Portsmouth
Sutton United v Harrogate Town
Hartlepool United v Charlton Athletic
Wigan Athletic v Arsenal U21 or Chelsea U21
* Ties to be played week commencing January 24.