Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Burton hails his NextGen Gunners

Burton hails his NextGen Gunners

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.

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  1. They were really good.Should have won by a bigger margin really. Yennaris and Bellerin were excellent.

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  2. You’d have hoped for a few more spectators but 6,700 is quite a decent amount regardless. I’d have imagined tickets were relatively cheap aswell

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    • £4. If I lived in London, I would have been there without a doubt. Dragged the whole family along too

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    • UndercoverMancGooner

      To be honest, that’s almost half the amount that turn out to see teams like Wigan and QPR every week, I think that’s pretty impressive for an U-19 game. Shame the Semi is in Italy apparently!

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    • More people would have been there had it not been so cold last night.

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      • I bought a ticket but couldn’t go because I had to do a late one at work.
        However, with it being on arsenal player I’m not sure I would have gone anyway, it is so damn cold.

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  3. I watched the game and was particularly impressed by Hayden, the centre-back and Gnabry. Both were excellent in their own way and have no reason to become future stars.

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  4. Three English teams there. Seems there’s good work being done in the coaching at youth level, but the problem lies more in the transition to senior level in such a tough league.

    I’d love to see ‘B teams’ of the top clubs play in the football league. If England are serious about developing young talent, they should consider it. Wouldn’t these youngsters be better off playing league football with Arsenal B and training at our ground, with our coaches, as opposed to having a few months on loan at Colchester here and there?

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    • it would ruin the lower leagues and sink at least 8 smaller clubs.

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      • I see your point, absolutely! But England has 92 league teams and more professionalism further down. I’m not an aficionado on world football, but I can’t imagine any country in the world has as many professional clubs in a single sport.

        Anyway, I understand that some may drop a few notches, but I doubt dropping one division will “sink” any well-run club.
        But I’m looking at the bigger picture, providing a platform for the top level of 16-21 year old player to maximise their opportunity and potential.

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    • One way to transition better is to have the youth teams play the exact same formation and tactics as the first team. This is what barcelona do. Every team in the Academy plays 4 3 3.

      Even in their debut first team match every academy player knows what to do in every situation. They know what parts of the field to press when they don’t have the ball. They know when and how to play the high line and they know when they should be charging forward.

      They all play the same dutch style ‘traingular passing’ game..

      It’s working for them as they have a lot of youth players that succeed in the first team.

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      • Could you please elaborate upon dutch style “*triangular passing” game.

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        • Sure. Johan Cruyff who was one of the proponents of Total Football in the Dutch Team went to Barcelona in 88 and then for 8 years instilled his love for the passing game into all levels of the Barcelona System. All the youth and senior teams started to play a 4 3 3 passing game.

          The way he thought a passing game should be played is by the players forming triangles when in possession so there are always passing options to get past/through defenders, rather than dribbling past them.

          Incidentally, one of the youth players who Cruyff picked out from the academy for being a good passer and put into the first team was Pep. Who we all know then followed in Cruyffs footsteps managing Barcelona.

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      • Barcelona’s homegrown stars come through the B team. Of the latest bunch, Thiago, Tello and these guys don’t come straight from Youth football to senior football. That integration period serves them very well. And would shipping them away to a lower club for 3 months at a time for competitive football prove better for them than being away from Barca’s top coaches and facilities?
        Because of the B team, they don’t have to decide, they get the best of both worlds all season long.

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      • Yeah but Barcas B team also plays in the spanish second division so I guess it makes the transition to first team even smoother

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        • True, but there’d be nothing stopping Arsenal B from reaching League 1 or the Championship if they managed to get on the ladder. And Barca have also been able to use this to develop coaches! Guardiola got his chance due to his success with the B team. Luis Enrique too, even though he went on to coach Roma.

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        • Can Barca ‘B’ ever qualify for La Liiga, even if they win the Second Division?

          Because that’d be awkward.

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        • Nope, they can’t. B teams aren’t allowed, even though barca and RM B teams have finished top of the 2nd division several times.

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  5. I hope it’s on Eurosport, I would love to see the next stage!

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  6. Was a good night at the Emirates, and I genuinely believe the crowd played a part in the win, though no one could feel their toes by the end of the 90 mins. For me the stand out players were Bellerin, Angha, who added good width, pace and dribbling in attack and height in defence. Bellerin tormented CSKA’s left winger, dribbling him in our half multiple times ’til he got fed up and gave a way a reckless yellow card. Yennaris was also very good, he put in lots of energy/meaty challenges and seemed to be playing three different positions. Gnabry was very fast on and off the ball, linking up with all the other players very well – he looks a good prospect.

    I have to say Eisfeld was poor. You hear so many fans call for him to have more chances in the first team, but based on this performance I can see why he hasn’t. He was very sloppy in the first half, passing perhaps just as many times to the Russians as the Arsenal.

    Maybe because of the name, but Chuba Akpom seemed to be a bit of a fan favourite. His game wasn’t very spectacular – he didn’t get any chances, perhaps because Eisfeld’s passing was a little off, but he played an important part in Arsenal attacks, holding the ball up and laying it off with pretty good timing. Also at the end, some of the younger kids revealed ‘A K P O M’ written on their chests, and it was nice to see him give personal thanks to them with a hug and his gloves (though a few fans were grumbling he didn’t hand out his coat – it was freeeeezing).

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  7. In those leagues where B teams play in the 2nd tier, none of them are eligible for promotion to the top flight. Not sure if they can be demoted or not, but I do know that was a huge driving factor (stipulation) in those leagues even allowing the B teams into the 2nd/3rd divisions of league structures.

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  8. Thought the whole team played well, though Eisfeld had a poor first half, but I thought that Olssonn and yennaris in midfield were both excellent.

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