Arsenal youth boss Steve Bould insists his players will be stronger for their Champions Youth Cup campaign in Malaysia.
"All but a couple of them were 19 and we played Jack Wilshere, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Cedric Evina, Sanchez Watt [all 16-years-old], and those boys did really well to hold on considering. Gilles Sunu even had a fantastic chance to make it 2-2 near the end, so we might have escaped with a draw.
"They had so much more power and pace and the kid up front who scored both of their goals [Rodrigues ] was a little bit hard to handle for most of our youngsters. It was a completely different type of football too. They were very cynical as well as very talented. It was a new experience because the boys are used to coming up against English footballers who are perhaps more honest.
"Against Milan we were a bit flat in the first half. We made some changes to our system at half time and dominated the second half. Again, we had a great chance to equalise but unfortunately Nacer Barazite miscued. Had we taken our chances we probably wouldn't be coming home - but then everyone could say that."
Bould added: "I think the whole [Arsenal] system is healthier a year on.
"We've got a really good crop of players coming through once again. We're possibly a little bit younger again but that's no problem, in fact it's the way it should be. I think that's the right way to progress and I'm really looking forward to this season."