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Photo: Arteta calls up 'tireless' talent likened to Fabregas to Arsenal training pre-Brighton
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Photo: Arteta calls up 'tireless' talent likened to Fabregas to Arsenal training pre-Brighton

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been putting his players through their paces ahead of the Gunners’ Carabao Cup clash with Brighton.

The Gunners remain in fine form and top of the Premier League table, beating Chelsea 1-0 last time out.

Likewise, the Seagulls have won their last two top-flight matches, scoring seven goals along the way.

Arsenal enter at this stage of the competition, while the Seagulls beat Forest Green Rovers 3-0 to reach the third round.

On Tuesday, the Gunners media team shared photos of their latest training session at London Colney.

Several youth team stars took part in the session, including a player who has earned comparisons with Cesc Fabregas.

Jack Henry-Francis is a product of the Hale End academy, progressing through the ranks to Under-21 level.

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He signed his first professional contract in October last year.

‘A lot of energy’

Henry-Francis has made 56 appearances for Arsenal’s Under-18 and Under-21s, including 11 this term.

Arsenal youth team expert Jeorge Bird has described him as a ‘midfielder who is capable of breaking up play and initiating attacks’.

The teenager ‘often brings a lot of energy with his performances and is very hard working’, added Bird.

Meanwhile, the Arsenal website says he is a ‘tireless central midfielder who relishes breaking up play and springing attacks from midfield’, who is ‘aggressive and tenacious in the tackle.’

Henry-Francis shot to prominence with a superb performance for the first-team against Hibernian in pre-season in 2021.

The youngster came off the bench in the Edinburgh clash, replacing Mohamed Elneny in the second half.

He thoroughly impressed fans with his movement, quick distribution and desire to have the ball.

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Henry-Francis also played a part in Emile Smith Rowe’s goal on 82 minutes, a consolation effort in a 2-1 defeat.

A number of Arsenal fans on Twitter have compared him to Fabregas.

Henry-Francis is yet to make his competitive debut for the Gunners first-team – could Wednesday be his chance?

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