Arsenal sent scouts to watch Bayern trounce Tottenham Hotspur this week, but not in the match you’re thinking of.
Spurs’ u19 side took on Bayern at home in the second game of their UEFA Youth League campaign on Tuesday, as the competition mirrors the first-team fixtures at this stage.
Football.London report that Arsenal were one of the clubs to send scouts to watch the youth game, which was dominated by the away side.
Bayern won 4-1, with 16-year-old winger Lasse Gunther scoring a brace and Angelo Stiller getting a couple of assists for the Germans.
Below are the full squad lineups, for anyone interested in having a guess at who Arsenal might have been watching. Highlights are here.
It wasn’t quite the 7-2 victory the senior side managed, but who knows? Maybe the next Serge Gnabry is somewhere in the Bayern youth ranks right now, and it’s good Arsenal are keeping an eye out while their own academy side aren’t in the competition.
To qualify, you either have to have your first team in the Champions League or win the u18 Premier League title. Though Arsenal u18s won the South Division last season, they then lost the North-South playoff final, narrowly missing out on this year’s UEFA Youth League as a result.