Chelsea into NextGen final after edging Arsenal in 7-goal thriller

Chelsea defeated Arsenal in a seven-goal thriller to reach the final of the NextGen series.

Lewis Baker’s extra time winner settled a thrilling NextGen London derby as Chelsea did just enough to keep Arsenal’s spirited comeback at bay.

The England Under-19 international turned in right-wing cross from John Swift to cap a remarkable semi-final in which Arsenal battled back from 3-1 down in the last five minutes of normal time.

Chelsea, inspired by the brilliant Jeremie Boga, were cruising to victory and Monday night’s final against Aston Villa after a three-goal blast at the start of the second half.

Strikes from Islam Feruz, Baker and Boga in the first quarter hour of the second-half turned this game on its head after Chuba Akpom’s early goal had given Arsenal the lead.

But the Gunners showed redoubtable spirit to force extra time in the last five minutes thanks to an Andreas Christensen own goal and a glorious last-gasp leveller by Serge Gnabry.

However, Baker’s intervention settled the game and saw the Blues through.

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