Arsenal’s NextGen Superstars

26 Mar

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Yesterday I decided to watch Arsenal’s young guns play in the Champions League of the youth football world, The NextGen Series. Whoever came up with the NextGen series deserves a medal. Bringing together Europe’s top young talents to face off against each other, the best against the best, is a great idea. It gives the players a taste of what it’s like to go out there and play proper competitive football, too see where they stack up in the world.

And from what I saw yesterday, Arsenal look in very good shape indeed.

They controlled the ball well, and whenever they lost it they were always there trying to chase it down. It was a thoroughly committed performance, and although their opponents (CSKA Moscow) did really well to stop Arsenal often enough, it always looked like the home team were going to run out winners. Bar some awful shooting, it could well have been 5-0 Arsenal. In the end, they had to settle for just the 1.

Angha (Left Back) and Bellerin (Right Back) seemed full of energy in the full back roles, with Bellerin putting in cross after cross. Nico Yennaris put in a dedicated and committed shift as captain, even if he did almost take someone’s head off with a clearance. Akpom was a rock upfront, even if he didn’t manage to get a goal, he played very well. Eisfeld and Olsson bossed the middle of the park, and Eisfeld himself was very unlucky to not score from a free kick that clattered off the bar. Gnabry was sensational too, and his run that got him the only goal of the game was fantastic. Not bad 

All in all, it looks like Arsenal have a very bright future ahead of them. 

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