A number of Arsenal fans have celebrated Ben Cottrell’s first call-up to the Gunners senior squad as Mikel Arteta’s charges prepare for their upcoming Europa League game.
Arsenal have travelled to Norway to face Molde on Thursday night hoping to make it four wins out of four in Group B, while their opponents are currently second in the group.
Arteta has drafted in four academy gems for the trip, with Cottrell joined by Emile Smith Rowe, Folarin Balogun and Miguel Azeez alongside the established seniors.
While it’s great news for all the youngsters named in the squad, it’ll be particularly exciting for Cottrell, who is in the first-team squad for the first time.
The 19-year-old started out as a full-back in the Arsenal academy but was asked to move to midfield, where he continues to play for the U23s, specifically as an attacking midfielder.
That said, Cottrell’s versatility means he can still do a job in his original position, and in the August friendly win over MK Dons, he replaced Kieran Tierney at left wing-back.
The teenager is very highly rated at the club and amongst Arsenal fans, with some taking to social media to praise his call-up for the Molde game:
I swear if Cottrell was minimum 5’9” & 140 or 150 he would be in the first team already
— KING (@_IKENNA_) November 24, 2020
The kid is outstanding. He might be out David Silva
— Good Ebening ✡️ (@aran_khalas) November 24, 2020
Cottrell to solve our creativity problems, I love to see it
— Atoyebi King Kennyx (@KingKennyx20) November 24, 2020
You can see Cottrell has got the drive to succeed he’s got a great example in front of him as well.
— 🅆🄸🄻🄳 🄱🄾🄱 (@BobbyeggsAFC) November 25, 2020
I’ll be delighted to see Cottrell play
— george (@Georgekiprop96) November 24, 2020
About time Cottrell was called up
— Hippyheaven 💜 (@hippyheaven) November 24, 2020
I’m intrigued to see Ben cottrell
— Olamilekan AFC (@OlalekanEfunsil) November 24, 2020
Cottrell deserves it
— Brad (@Bellairs_) November 24, 2020
Oh my god that’s beautiful creativity 😍
— AFCAndrew (@AndrewStxv) November 24, 2020