Jonker - It was a matter of patience

By Lloyd Webb

Andries Jonker says patience was key to Arsenal Under-19s’ victory against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

The Gunners maintained their 100 per cent record in the Uefa Youth League thanks to Alex Iwobi’s brace at Meadow Park

Jonker was pleased with his side's hard-fought victory despite some problems in the final third.

“It was not easy but we had a good start at the beginning in the first 20 minutes which was okay,” he told Arsenal Player. “We were the better team without creating a lot of chances but after that we made it difficult for ourselves.

"I think at the moment with this age group we have a really good group"

Andries Jonker

“Bayern Munich could have scored in the first half. Second half we were better. In these kind of games you need patience as well.

"Bayern had to beat us, basically we were the better team overall but Bayern were more dangerous in the first half so it was a matter of patience."

Arsenal Under-19s have claimed three successive wins in the Uefa Youth League and Jonker is pleased with the talent he has at his disposal.

“We are very aware we have fantastic players in this age group,” he said. ”Today we had a couple of players playing in the Under-17 World Cup so we know we have a good team.

“Academy work is the work of years and years so I’m not the one who has done this I’m just trying to help them make steps. I think at the moment with this age group we have a really good group.

“You can see quite well how many players we have. One 15 year-old boy up front and nobody is seeing the difference. We have good players who can handle this level and that is a good feeling.”

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