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The Frenchman has strongly endorsed the Under-19 competition for elite European clubs, stating his desire to closely monitor the Gunners' youth team's development

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has stated that he aims to watch "every single game" of the club's Under-19 squad's NextGen Series campaign.

The youth competition began in the 2011-12 season with an initial 16 clubs competing but, following its success, has been expanded to 25 teams with the likes of the Gunners getting on board.

And the Frenchman has given the tournament a ringing endorsement with his intention to attend every game, expressing his belief that it offers a good opportunity to assess club’s youth development.

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"I will not miss a game when I can, believe me," he told the club's official website.

"I will watch every single game because I want to see what the other clubs have, what is going on, and if there is some evolution with the young players.

"People don't realise that the most important thing is to keep in touch with the top level, and the top level in Europe is NextGen. It is the Champions League for youth and that is interesting."

Wenger, who is renowned for the emphasis he places on youth development, believes the competition provides an important opportunity for the Gunners' youngsters to face other European clubs equally distinguished in producing young talent.

"France is good in youth-team work, Spain is very good in youth-team work - if you look at the trophies those two countries have won in the last 15 years you will be absolutely amazed," he added.

"What is also interesting is that it contains some good information. So for us to be confronted with those clubs who have a reputation of having good youth-team work, like Marseille or Athletic Bilbao, is fantastic.”

Arsenal face Marseille at Underhill in their opening game on Wednesday.

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