Terry Burton knows Arsenal’s rising stars face a major test against CSKA Moscow - but is confident they have the quality to claim another major scalp.
The Gunners face the Russians in the quarter-finals of the NextGen Series at Emirates Stadium on Monday, having already accounted for holders Inter Milan in the last 16.
Burton is looking forward to seeing his side deal with a fresh new challenge, and believes they will benefit from the experience.
“When we started on this journey, we firstly wanted to get out of the group stages. Then we wanted to progress even further, and it's a case of so far, so good for us,” he told Arsenal Player.
“We now have the added bonus of playing this game at the Emirates. It really is what the competition is all about: the opportunity to play at a main stadium, against good opposition with a chance to progress to the semi-finals.
“Some young players can be at a club for three or four years and never get the chance to play at the main stadium, so the fact they will have the experience of playing there, hopefully with a big crowd, will be great.
“We have watched a few DVDs of [CSKA] and they are obviously a decent side. They are very much in the mould of Russian sides in terms of their passing game - they move the ball well and they have nicely-balanced individuals who have the ability to create problems.”25 Mar 2013