Unai Emery says Arsenal have a responsibility to give young players a chance and promised that his teenage touring contingent will continue to get game time during the US tour.
While an experienced team started the Gunners 2-1 win against Bayern Munich, it was the youngsters who made the biggest impression.
Joe Willock looked composed in midfield, Reiss Nelson brought dynamism off the bench and Eddie Nketiah, courtesy of a Tyreece John-Jules assist, scored the decisive goal. Robbie Burton and Bukaya Saka also enjoyed late cameos.
“For them it’s important that each match and each training they give us their performance and energy,” Emery told his post-game press conference.
“We have the responsibility with the young players to give them chances.
“We want to use different young players to help. Some players will be with us in pre-season, some players will be with us in the season.
“Each minute they show their performance against big players. For example the one-to-one [Eddie] Nketiah against [Niklas] Sule showed how he can respond. Today was very positive.”
Asked if he’ll be relying on the youngsters this season, he added: “It depends on their performance. Against Colorado Rapids a lot of young players played.
“We need them for the moment but also in the future. Our responsibility in this club for the history, present and future is to give young players chance. If they deserve minutes they’ll get minutes. ‘’m very happy with them and their work.
“We are going to play against Fiorentina on Saturday and will use young players. It’s another chance for them to show us how they can respond.”
Emery also touched on Freddie Ljungberg’s involvement with the tour squad selection revealing it was the Swede, who last season managed the under-23s, who suggested including 19-year-old Burton.
“With Freddie we are working,” he said. “Above all he’s helping us with the young players because he knows better than us every young player.
“For example Robbie [Burton], I didn’t know Robbie. Freddie said to me he’s a good player with the capacity to play as a 6 or 8. Really he helped us like we needed.”