Arsenal draw Athletic Bilbao, Marseille and Anderlecht in NextGen Series.

Arsenal youngsters have been drawn against the Athletic Bilbao, Marseille and Belgian club Anderlecht in the Under-19 European club championship, NextGen Series.

The inaugural season was a huge success after which the number of teams in the competition has been increased from 16 to 24 for the 2012/13 competition.

Arsenal’s newly appointed assistant manager, Steve Bould, talking to the Arsenal player stated that the participation in the tournament will be an ‘invaluable’ experience for the youngsters, saying:

“It’s something I think we need to be involved in and it is another learning curve because you are playing against European players.

“You do the things that the first teams do, the long travels and all the pre-match build-up. You are playing against some mighty big teams – Barcelona are in it this year – so I just think it will be invaluable.”


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