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Match Report


Arsenal got their NextGen Series campaign off to a winning start with a convincing victory over Marseille, with a goal from captain Nico Yennaris and a Chuba Akpom brace proving enough to earn the three points.

Terry Burton's young guns were looking to impress, with senior team manager Arsene Wenger and his assistant, Steve Bould, amongst the crowd of 876 at Underhill – and they did just that.

Marseille got off to a shaky start and Arsenal were keen to pile the pressure on, with Akpom coming close to poaching a weak back pass early on and exciting German starlet Serge Gnabry running at Marseille right-back Jean Baptiste Massimi at every opportunity.

Arsenal continued to attack the right hand side of Marseille's defence and it wasn't long before they were rewarded, with Akpom outfoxing his marker with a clever turn and a low cross, which found Nico Yennaris unmarked to slot home from six yards out.

Akpom turned from provider to scorer not long after, when Gnabry characteristically surged down the left, eased his way past Massimi and crossed low for the England youth international to double Arsenal's lead.

Arsenal had several chances to grab a third before the break, with the impressive Hector Bellerin's shot cleared off the line and Kristoffer Olsson's neat finish called offside after a tantalising through ball from Jon Toral.

Marseille came out after half time looking far more up for it, pressing Arsenal's midfield and passing with much more fluidity and rhythm thanks to the introduction of Roukneddine Said Ali.

Les Phocéens had a couple of decent chances to pull a goal back with the score still at 2-0, but a tame shot from Michel Araai and a curling effort from outside the box from Jonathan Santiago were their most notable

Akpom put the game to bed in the 83rd minute after latching on to a through ball from Kris Olsson, who had been threading passes through Marseille's rigid backline all evening.

Marseille will have to improve, especially with a fixture against a very impressive Athletic Bilbao side on the horizon.


Yennaris 8'

Akpom 20', 83'

Venue: Underhill Stadium Date: 29 Aug 2012, 19.00 LOCAL time


Line up: Moore, Bellerin, Angha, Hajrovic, Monteiro, Yennaris, Olsson, Toral (61), Akpom, Gnabry (73), Ebecilio 

Subs: Hayden, Ormonde-Ottewill, Lipman, Iwobi (73), Jeffrey (61), Vickers, Bihmoutine

Coach: Burton. T



Line up: Sy, Massimi (30), Pommier, Sommier (60), Charles, Mendy, Araai (30), Diop (40), Anani, Santiago, Galley

Subs: Dubois (30), Said Ali, Escales (30)(60), Kisaku (60), Roland (40), Sparagna, Loiacono (60)

Coach: Stambouli. H