18-year-old Arsenal right back Chiori Johnson has admitted that he is relieved to have returned to the side, ahead of the under-18’s FA Youth Cup semi-final against Manchester City.

The defender had been ruled out for a whopping seven months with a knee injury and required two separate surgeries to aid the problem.

Johnson had been a regular with the under-21’s prior to his injury but suffered a setback with the injury. However, he helped the under-18’s to the semi-final after beating Liverpool over two legs, setting up Friday night’s clash against the Manchester giants.

Speaking to the club’s official website, the 18-year-old admitted that he is delighted to be back in action for the Gunners.

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It’s great.

After seven months out injured, being back playing is a huge relief. I want to get back on track, push on from where I was before and get back to it.

I had a bad knee injury. I can’t remember the exact name of the problem but I had to have two operations on it so it was quite bad.

It is annoying because there is not a thing you can do but this has been the perfect way to come back. It is my last year to play in the FA Youth Cup so I would be so happy to win it this year.

It would be massive for me. The FA Youth Cup is such a massive competition in England so winning it would be great.

We have a big chance of winning it this season. We have a strong team and we are in a good place right now.

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Having returned to action after his injury problems, Johnson now faces the tough task of dethroning the multi-talented Tafari Moore from his place in the under-21’s side, with the 18-year-old an impressive part of the Gunners’ solid defence.

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