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Arsenal starlet Kristoffer Olsson with four assists for Sweden under-19s

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Arsenal prospect Kristoffer Olsson returns to his club after a successful international period.

It wasn't just Mesut Ozil on international duty from an Arsenal perspective last night. Aaron Ramsey netted past Thomas Vermaelen's Wales, and Serge Gnabry netted for Germany's under-19 side.

Another to play a key role for his country was Sweden under-19 international Kristoffer Olsson.

The starlet helped his national clinch a path to the Elite Qualifying Stage for next summer's tournament, with a 5-1 win over Azerbaijan.

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Attacking midfielder Olsson, 18, scored on Arsenal's pre-season tour of Asia and has been on the fringes of the first team since then, playing 37 minutes as a substitute on his competitive debut in the extra-time League Cup win over West Brom.

He has two assists in four matches for Arsenal's under-21s, in wins over Marseille and Blackburn this season.

At international level, Olsson has had a busy season for Sweden's youth sides. In early September he helped the under-18 side to wins over Scandinavian rivals Norway and Denmark, scoring once and assisting once in the process.

This past week has been even busier, playing three games in five days at different levels.

He began with the under-18 side on Thursday, enabling Sweden to see of Bosnia 4-1, with an assist of course.

Two days later he was with Sweden's under-19s in their qualifying section, tasting defeat for the first time at any level this season, a 1-0 loss to the Republic of Ireland.

On Tuesday, Olsson played an instrumental part in Sweden's 5-1 victory over Azerbaijan. His pinpoint dead ball delivery from corner kicks was a repeated source of goals for the Scandinavians.

Olsson ended the game with four assists. Mesut Ozil eat your heart out.

The teenager is up against it to force his way into Arsenal's side, but if he can take advantage of the very few opportunities he does get, don't be surprised to see him seize it.

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