Photo: Arteta calls up attacking gem who's been 'turning heads' to Arsenal training pre-Wolves
Arsenal wrap up their pre-World Cup programme on Saturday with a trip to Wolves on Saturday night.
The Gunners have enjoyed an incredible first half of the season and sit top of the Premier League table.
Arsenal have also reached the last 16 of the Europa League, avoiding the playoffs by finishing top of their group.
Sure, Mikel Arteta’s side lost to Brighton in the Carabao Cup, but they’ve got bigger fish to fry.
On Friday, the Arsenal media team shared photos from the team’s latest training session at London Colney.
Arteta promoted a number of academy stars to the session, including Reuell Walters.
The 17-year-old has clearly impressed the Arsenal boss, as he’s featuring quite often in senior training sessions.
Walters featured in the pre-season friendly win over Everton in the United States.
The full-back then suffered an injury, but returned to action in October.
Walters has played the full 90 minutes in Arsenal’s last five Premier League 2 outings.
He has also featured in two EFL Trophy matches this term.
‘All signposts point towards the top’
Walters, who can also play at centre-back, is an England Under-18s international who was previously on Tottenham’s books.
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.
‘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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