A number of Arsenal fans have called for Mikel Arteta to give Hale End star Joel Lopez game time this weekend after the 19-year-old was pictured in training on Friday.
Lopez was included in training ahead of the Gunners’ midweek Europa League game against Slavia Prague in wake of Kieran Tierney’s injury.
The young left-back continues to be involved at London Colney ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League trip to Sheffield United on Sunday night.
Cedric Soares covered for Tierney against Slavia, but although he put in a solid enough display, he couldn’t provide the usual threat down the left in the same way as the former Celtic man.
Some Arsenal fans think now’s as good a time as ever to give Lopez a run in the league, considering a top-four finish is a pretty tall order at this stage.
Is there any chance he could play tomorrow??
— KieranTierneySZN 🏴🏴 (@robertwaite14) April 10, 2021
He should make his debut tomorrow
— Hugo (@HugoLarsson26) April 10, 2021
Would love to see him given a chance at LB. we’ve got nothing to play for in the league if he does well he could play in the europa league matches.
— Depressed Arsenal Fan (@KroenkeOutR) April 10, 2021
League is OVER. Play Lopez, Azeez etc
— Moey J – * (@WeMoveAFC) April 10, 2021
Ironically I think tomorrow’s game against Sheffield United is a better time to see if Joel Lopez is good enough. They’re basically relegated so it’d be a good test for him and the league is pretty much a lost cause at this point #AFC
— Rohan ® (@RAS_afc) April 10, 2021
I’d be happy to see Lopez start on Sunday…
— Tierney’s Tesco B🅰️g (@dsfc1886) April 10, 2021
— Hale End Stats (@HaleEndStats) April 10, 2021
Lopez joined Arsenal from Barcelona in 2018 and has become a regular for the Hale End U23s, with 13 appearances under his belt.
Earlier this year, 90Min wrote: “Lopez is very much in the mould of Arsenal’s current first-choice full-backs, renowned for his energy, drive and ability to work tirelessly down the left-hand side.
“His crossing has become a feature of his play as he’s developed, with his technical ability everything you’d expect of a player developed at La Masia.
“He’s predominantly left-footed, meaning should Kieran Tierney get injured, Arteta may look at him as a more viable option than Cedric Soares who has been asked to fill in there in recent times.”