Arsenal will play Chelsea in the quarter-finals of the Under-21 Premier League Cup after beating Fulham 1-0.
Thomas Eisfeld’s second-half goal was decisive in an entertaining game at Fulham’s Motspur Park training ground, where the Gunners’ England star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain returned to action after injury.
Jesse Joronen produced excellent saves to deny Oxlade-Chamberlain – who went off three minutes after the interval – and Benik Afobe.
But Fulham’s young Finnish keeper was unable to prevent Eisfeld firing into the top corner following a goalmouth scramble just before the hour mark.
Arsenal continued to have the upper hand and Nico Yennaris had a goal disallowed for offside before Jorenen pulled off another fine stop, this time denying Carl Jenkinson.
Fulham almost grabbed an injury-time equaliser when Dino Islamovic’s header hit the bar.