Arsenal's FA Youth Cup captain Danny Ballard is actually a Gunners reject!
Ballard was poised to sign scholarship forms with Boro, but then he was offered a chance to rejoin the Gunners and has not looked back since.
“At the start of the season, I don't even think that as a team we thought we'd be here - we lost our first game of the season 4-1 to Fulham. We've all worked so hard, especially myself, and we're all really pleased to be in the final.
“I think it boils down to hard work and having a manager that trusts you and rewards dedication. Having a manager who gives you opportunities off that and I think I've taken my opportunities pretty well. It's all starting to pay off."