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Unai Emery vows to give Arsenal youngsters more chances

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Unai Emery plans to give Arsenal’s high-performing youngsters more opportunities following their 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich.

Arsenal kicked-off their International Champions Cup (ICC) campaign with a win over German giants Bayern in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning.

Despite Emery fielding an experienced line-up for the showdown, however, it was the young players who grabbed the headlines as 20-year-old forward Eddie Nketiah scored a dramatic later winner.

The England U-21 international, who has just eight Premier League appearances to his name, came on as an 81st-minute substitute for Alexandre Lacazette and smashed home his winner just seven minutes later.

19-year-old Joe Willock also made a strong case for himself in the Gunners midfield, while Reiss Nelson nearly scored on his return from a season-long loan spell at German side Hoffenheim.

“For them, it’s important also in each match here with us and each training to give us his performance and above all his energy,” said Emery on Arsenal.com.

“We have the responsibility with the young players to give them chances and we want also to use different young players to help us.

“They are going to be with us in the pre-season and some players are also going to be with us in the season. Each match, each minute they can show their performance like today.

“It’s important because against the big players, for example, Nketiah against [Niklas] Sule, is to show how we can respond with different situations and different situations and I thought today was very positive.

The Arsenal manager intends to keep up the club’s long tradition of granting young players first-team opportunities.

“Our responsibility at this club for the history, for the present and for the future is to have young players with the possibilities to take chances,” added Emery.

“After, if they deserve it they can be and can take minutes like today. I am very positive with them, I am very happy with their work every day in the training sessions and also today in the match.

“We are going to play against Fiorentina [on Saturday] also in another match and we are going to use young players. It’s another chance for them to show us how they can respond, but today, for example, is very positive.”

After taking on Fiorentina, Arsenal will then meet Real Madrid next Wednesday for their final ICC match.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – MAY 12: Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his goal during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Arsenal FC at Turf Moor on May 12, 2019 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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