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Some Arsenal fans blown away by their 20-year-old's Friday display, he's the 'Coquelin regen'

Arsenal midfielder Tim Akinola won praise from Gunners fans for his impressive Under-23s display on Friday evening.

The 20-year-old has started the last four Premier League 2 games for Kevin Betsy’s side and is going from strength to strength.

Akinola started for Arsenal in their 3-0 win over Brighton’s U23s at the Emirates Stadium, playing 70 minutes.

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The Gunners goals came in the form of a Folarin Balogun brace and an effort from Salah Oulad M’Hand.

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According to, Akinola displayed “some really nice moments” in the game.

“Looks physically ready to make the step up. Pressed well and had the pace to ease away from markers when on the ball.”

And plenty of Gunners fans loved what they saw:

Akinola joined the Gunners last year after his release from Huddersfield and has made 30 appearances for the Gunners’ U23s.

Some Arsenal fans have said he reminds them of Francis Coquelin:

Akinola began his youth career at the age of 16 with League Two side Mansfield Town.

He then moved to Lincoln City ahead of the 2018-19 season.

Whilst with the Imps, Akinola played in the FA Youth Cup against West Brom.

He also had a loan spell at Lincoln United in the eighth tier of English football.

Akinola then joined Huddersfield last season after their relegation from the Premier League before joining Arsenal.

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