By Rob Kelly

Arsène Wenger aims to watch every single Arsenal match in the NextGen Series.

The Club will play their first game in the competition - seen by many as Champions League for under-19s - on Wednesday night against Marseille.

Wenger plans to attend the game at Underhill because he feels it is vitally important to stay in touch with what is happening in European football.

“I will not miss a game when I can, believe me,” he told Arsenal Player. “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.

“What is also interesting is that it contains some good information. 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.

“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.”

Watch the full interview with the boss on Arsenal Player.

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28 Aug 2012