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Arsenal target Aleksandar Mitrovic plays two internationals in as many days

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Arsenal transfer target Aleksandar Mitrovic had a busy yet frustrating weekend.

Last week was a hectic one for Partizan Belgrade sensation Aleksandar Mitrovic, who confirmed he had been approached by Arsenal over a potential transfer.

Mitrovic, 18, was called into his first ever senior international squad too - for Serbia's World Cup qualifier against Belgium.

Serbia coach Sinisa Mihajlovic expressed concern before the game that the country was putting too much pressure on the teenager and it would be wrong to expect miracles from him.

That didn't stop him picking Mitrovic to start the fixture away to Belgium, but the gamble failed to pay off for the coach.

Mitrovic, playing alongside outgoing clubmate Lazar Markovic, failed to find the net and was booked in the first half. 

With Serbia 2-0 down he was substituted off midway through the second, unable to find a way past Belgium's defence, which was missing the injured Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen.

If that was a tough learning curve for him, he had to re-adjust quickly to play another tough fixture just a day afterwards.

Mitrovic flew back from Belgium to Belgrade join up with Serbia's under-19 side for their European Championship qualifying match which took place under 24 hours later.

He started that one too, but again was unable to find the scoresheet and prevent his side losing 1-0 to Switzerland's under-19 team, playing 74 minutes and also being booked during the match.

The striker will remain with the squad until Tuesday when he will play against the Republic of Ireland's under-19 side, which is fortunately for him taking place in Serbia.

One point behind Switzerland with a game to go and only the top team qualifying for July's finals in Lithuania, Serbia need to win and hope Slovakia can get at least a point against the group leaders.

While Mitrovic's efforts didn't produce the results he would have liked, especially with scouts no doubt watching his performances, his efforts shouldn't go unnoticed.

In an era where players moan about having to play too frequently, the willingness of an 18-year-old striker to play twice in two days in different countries should not go without being commended.

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