Report: 17-year-old Arsenal prospect really impresses in first-team training, could now make bench vs Chelsea
According to Football London, Arsenal youngster Lino Sousa is in contention to make the bench when Mikel Arteta’s side face Chelsea tomorrow.
The Gunners’ season is falling apart. They have now suffered three consecutive defeats in the Premier League and have lost the ‘favourites to finish fourth’ tag.
Injuries to Kieran Tiernay and Thomas Partey have had a massive impact on Arsenal. They just haven’t been able to deal with that and players being unavailable in other areas of the pitch may just force Arteta to turn to his academy to fill up the bench tomorrow.
One player who has a chance of making it is 17-year-old Sousa.
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Lino Sousa could make the Arsenal bench vs Chelsea
Arsenal’s only natural senior left-back option at the moment is Nuno Tavares. The young Portugal under-21 international did fairly well against Southampton on Saturday and he is expected to keep his place.
However, if something happens to him, Arsenal have no natural replacement. Arteta will have to turn to Granit Xhaka or Bukayo Saka for cover, but that causes an imbalance elsewhere on the pitch.
As a result, Arteta may turn to the academy and 17-year-old Sousa is someone who has been impressing everyone in first-team training sessions recently, claims the report.
The youngster only joined the Gunners academy in January and it would be an extraordinary achievement if he manages to make the squad for one of Arsenal’s toughest games of the season.
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Arsenal signed Lino Sousa from West Bromwich Albion in the January transfer window and he is someone who every Gunners fan should keep an eye on.
Despite being a left-back by trade, Sousa showed his attacking prowess in the Premier League 2 this season. The 17-year-old has started just twice for the Arsenal under-23s and he has scored in both games, which is remarkable for someone so young.
The Athletic claimed recently that folks at West Brom who reluctantly let Sousa leave in January believe he’s ‘outstanding’ and is one of the best players of his age in the entire country.
It’s unlikely that Sousa will get on the pitch tomorrow even if he makes the bench. However, we suggest you keep an eye on him as he’s destined to become a top player in the coming years.
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