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Photo: Arteta calls up attacking full-back gem to Arsenal training pre-Brentford, 'turned plenty of heads' at N5
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Photo: Arteta calls up attacking full-back gem to Arsenal training pre-Brentford, 'turned plenty of heads' at N5

Arsenal return to Premier League action on Sunday when they head across London to face Brentford in a 12pm kickoff.

The Gunners have been knocked off the top of the table but can return to the summit by beating the Bees.

Arsenal go into the game on the back of the 2-1 win over FC Zurich in the Europa League last week.

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However, their last league game saw them fall to a 3-1 defeat at Manchester United.

Mikel Arteta has been putting his players through their paces at London Colney ahead of the Brentford game.

Several Arsenal academy players featured – and were pictured – in Friday’s session, including Reuell Walters.

With Oleksandr Zinchenko reportedly set to miss a couple of weeks, Arteta seems to be looking at other full-backs in training.

Lino Sousa also featured in the session, while Walters – a right-back by trade – can also play at left-back.

Arteta named the 17-year-old there in the pre-season friendly win over Everton in the United States.

However, an injury stopped Walters in his tracks, and he’s yet to make a competitive appearance this season.

As reported by Jeorge Bird, the youngster ‘is now closing in on a return to action.

‘He will hope to impress for the U21s before challenging for further involvement with the first-team.’

Walters, who can also play at centre-back, is an England Under-18s international who was previously on Tottenham’s books.

‘Firmly ahead of schedule’

Last year, The Guardian named him in their Next Generation 2021 list of great talents at Premier League clubs.

‘It has been a long and twisting road for Walters, but all signposts point towards the top,’ they wrote.

‘The right-back’s latest step in a varied journey came in September when, at 16, he played 90 minutes for Arsenal Under-23s in their EFL Trophy tie at Swindon.

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‘He has been heavily involved at that level since then, crowning a year of huge progress since joining the club last November.

‘Walters started out playing junior football in Peckham before spending four years with Spurs, followed by a two-year break that he took after feeling constrained by academy football.

‘The gamble paid off when Manchester United called for a refreshed Walters in 2019, only for administrative issues to scupper the signing.

‘That allowed Arsenal to make their move and they have landed a gem.

‘Walters is a grounded, level-headed individual whose tenacity and attacking instincts have turned plenty of heads inside the Gunners’ HQ.

‘He has already captained the Under-18s and looks firmly ahead of schedule.’

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