The Nike Academy visited London Colney to take on Arsenal's under-20s - the second time that the two clubs have met after a thrilling 2-2 draw last season.

The Nike Academy is a full-time football programme run by Nike and based at FA facility St George's Park. It gives unsigned players the chance to improve their game through an elite-level training programme and professional-level games.

The aim for players at the Nike Academy is to earn their own full-time contract at a professional club through the established platform that Nike have built over the past three years of the programme.

The current squad includes players from around Europe through the ongoing and extensive Nike Chance trials that give players from any footballing background the opportunity to be scouted.

The game saw Arsenal win a tight encounter 1-0 with a late penalty from Benik Afobe, and Arsenal head of development Terry Burton was impressed with was he saw.

"Everyone can be pleased with the Nike Academy - the way they played and the way they set about the game," he said. "The attitude of the players was first class."

Arsenal first-team coach Neil Banfield added, "The Nike Academy is an outstanding opportunity for young players who have the dream to become professional footballers. There were one or two performances today that were really interesting."

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15 Nov 2013