Arsenal u17s have topped their group at the end of the first day of the ABN AMRO Future Cup in Amsterdam.
There is one further group game on Easter Sunday before the knockout rounds of the competition, but Arsenal’s young guns comfortably won twice on Saturday to head into a commanding position.
Starting the tournament with a 2-1 win against Red Bull Salzburg of Austria (video below), the Gunners then beat African side Right to dream 2-0 to end the day strongly.
Elsewhere in group A, Ajax won 3-0 against RB Salzburg after a 0-0 draw with Right to dream and will play Arsenal on Sunday afternoon to decide the winner of the group.
Group B contains Olympiacos, Benfica, Barcelona and Anderlecht. An Anderlecht u19 team already knocked Arsenal out of the UEFA Youth League this year and won the tournament last year, in 2013 and in 2011. It doesn’t need to be said that Barcelona boast a superb academy system.
A tough game against Ajax is up next and, whoever Arsenal face, the knockout stages promise to be a fantastic test and experience for the teenagers. Manchester United and Liverpool have both been losing finalists in the last three years while hosts Ajax have never not made the final since the competition began in 2010. Sunday will be a great challenge.