Tery Burton has praised his Arsenal under-19 side after they secured safe passage to the semi-finals of the NextGen Series with a comfortable 1-0 victory over CSKA Moscow in front of a crowd of 6,684 at the Emirates.
17-year-old Serge Gnabry, who became the club’s third youngest ever Premier League player earlier in the season in the defeat at Norwich, grabbed the winner on 56 minutes with a tidy finish following a swashbuckling run and one-two with lively right-back Hector Bellerin.
The result means the boys will travel to Italy’s Lake Como later this week for a mouth-watering last four showdown with Chelsea. Should they overcome their London rivals on Friday they’ll then play for the title in the same Stadio G. Sinigaglia on Monday against either Aston Villa or Sporting Lisbon.
Reflecting on yesterday’s impressive win Burton praised his squad for producing the goods when it mattered, telling Arsenal.com:
“I am delighted for the players because I thought they put in an excellent performance, and also delighted for the Club and supporters who turned out on a very cold night. I am sure they will have enjoyed the game.
“The most pleasing aspect was that it is a big stage to be playing at the Emirates – most of the team were playing here for the first time – and you’re not sure how they will react, but I thought they responded really well.
“That is pleasing because this is where they want to be playing week in, week out and they had to play the game rather than the occasion, and I thought they did that really well.”
Arseblog News wishes the youngsters all the best over the Easter weekend as they look to become European champions. Apparently the matches will be shown live on Eurosport.