'Barcelona we are coming for you!' - Arsenal starlet fires warning

Kristoffer Olsson

Arsenal's youngsters take on Barcelona in the next round of the UEFA Youth League.

It was a tough game, but Arsenal’s youngsters have made it through to the quarter-finals of this seasons inaugural UEFA Youth League.

The Young Gunners pulled off a comfortable looking 3-1 victory against Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk last night to book a place in the last eight of the new premier youth competition in Europe.

Following on from their success in last season’s NextGen Series this should not come as a surprise - but they were made to work for their win.

Jon Toral had given them the lead - but they conceded an equaliser and were under immense pressure for large parts of the game.

Chuba Akpom however proved the spark - and a penalty from Kristoffer Olsson, who came on for wonderkid Gedion Zelalem just past the hour mark, and a third goal from Serge Gnabry did the trick.

And it sets up an exquisite looking final eight tie against Barcelona.

The likes of Hector Bellerin, Julio Plegezuelo and Toral will all be looking forward to this game even more than usual - as it is against their former team - and it should be an entertaining fixture.

For the confident young Swede who tucked away the Arsenal penalty however he has strong words for Barca - clearly showing no fear of his opponent’s reputation as the academy of football.

Let’s hope the Young Gunners can beat the boys from La Masia at their own game.

image: © Kieran Clarke

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