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Chelsea and Manchester City Fall Whilst Arsenal Celebrate NextGen Series Win

A brace from Chuba Akpom set Arsenal on their way to beating Marseille.

Arsenal ran out 3-0 winners in this week’s NextGen Series clash against Marseille.

Skipper Nico Yennaris added to Chuba Akpom’s brace to give Arsenal their first win in this year’s competition.

Amongst the 876 spectators at Underhill, Arsene Wenger and Steve Bould were in attendance keeping a watchful eye over their promising youngsters. Youngsters that Arsenal are so renowned for producing and Wenger is keen to give the chance to play at a higher level.

It was Akpom who set up the first goal as his cross found Yennaris’ feet, who converted from six yards out.

Serge Gnabry’s typical sprinting down the left wing is what set up the second for Arsenal and it was Akpom who was their to connect and slot home to double Arsenal’s lead.

Jonathan Santiago had the most notable effort for Marseille but Arsenal were always comfortably in control.

They put the tie to bed when Akpom scored his second on 83 minutes as he latched on to Kris Olsson’s through ball.

It wasn’t the same fortune for debutees Chelsea, who lost 2-1 to CSKA Moscow in their first ever NextGen Series match at their Cobham training ground.

Lucas Piazon impressed for the hosts but failed to find a way past Sergey Revyakin in the Russian’s goal, despite numerous efforts.

Pat Bamford got Chelsea off to a positive start when he put the home side ahead within ten minutes. He latched on to Todd Kane’s cross from the left when he was found free in the middle.

Gela Zaseev bought the visitors level as he drove a low shot from range into the back of the net.

Nikolaly Dergachev scored the winner five minutes before the end of the first half when he met a dangerous cross from the left and headed home into the corner.

Machester City had similar blues to Chelsea as they lost the battle of the superspenders.

Paris St Germain denied them a first win in this season’s tournament as the visitors won 2-0 thanks to a Nicholas Rajsel double.

George Evans’ mistake led to the first goal as his misplaced pass eventually found Rajsel who was free to slot home.

With twelve minutes remaining he doubled his tally as an effort with the outside of his boot sailed home and buried the tie.





About Tom Bennett

I'm a 21-year-old Multimedia Journalism student at Bournemouth University aspiring to be one of Britain's top sports journalists. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for contact and further information.


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