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'I missed an opportunity with Arsenal, but I'm ready to get back into the game'

Former Arsenal trainee Mark Randall is bidding to revive his career with Ascoli.

We reported at the end of last month that former Arsenal trainee Mark Randall was undergoing a trial with Italian side Ascoli.

Randall was once highly rated at Arsenal, playing alongside Jack Wilshere in the youth system at the club, and even making it into the first team, featuring in the League Cup, Premier League, and the Champions League.

He was released by the club in 2011, with his main claim to fame as the player who assisted Wilshere's first ever Arsenal goal.

He signed a deal with Chesterfield, playing a season in League One as they were relegated and spent last season with them in League Two making a combined 45 league appearances.

He was released again this summer and elected to look to Italy in search of a club, being offered a contract with Ascoli after impressing.

Randall has been speaking about his adventure, hoping it can revive his career, in which he hinted at being given too much too soon.

He told Italian newspaper Corriere Adriatico, "In the life of a footballer, you can happen to lose your way at home. I missed an opportunity with Arsenal, but I'm ready to get back into the game here in Ascoli.

"I was impressed by the team at least from what I've seen in training and in competition."

It really sounds as if Randall has a focus he did perhaps not have in his early career, and now 23-years-old he is determined to make the most of it.

Having had a taste of both the Premier League, and League Two, he knows the time is now to make an impact if he wants to avoid a career at the bottom of the football rung.

The adventure away from England presents a perfect time to re-focus, and Randall certainly deserves good luck in his attempts to ascend back to the big time.

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