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‘Any chance he could play tomorrow?’: Some Arsenal fans react after Hale End star pictured in training

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‘Any chance he could play tomorrow?’: Some Arsenal fans react after Hale End star pictured in training

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.

Arsenal Training Session

(Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

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.

 

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.”

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