Arsenal teen scores past Chelmsford City and Borussia Dortmund in five days

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Arsenal starlet Austin Lipman has had an eventful week.

Chuba Akpom is the Arsenal youth strike sensation who has attracted a lot of attention, even scoring on the pre-season tour - but he now has competition.

Teenage striker Austin Lipman caught the attention when he scored a brace for Arsenal's UEFA Youth League side at the start of last month, in a 4-1 win over Napoli.

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He turned 18 at the end of the month, and was rewarded with his very first taste of senior competitive football - in circumstances he probably wouldn't have imagined.

Lipman was loaned out as many youngsters are, with Arsenal's under-21 head coach Terry Burton deciding non-league football would be beneficial for his development.

He was signed on a short-term loan deal by Skrill South division side Boreham Wood, based in north London. 

Their coach Ian Allinson had been to watch Arsenal's youth match with Napoli, and confessed Lipman had caught his eye and he enquired about his services.

Lipman made his debut at the weekend (November 2) in an away tie to Chelmsford City, playing alongside fellow England youth international David Moli, on loan from Wolves.

Boreham Wood won 6-0, with the Arsenal teenager scoring and providing an assist. The Borehamwood Times describing Lipman's debut as 'inspired.'

So what happened next? Lipman was brought back into the Arsenal set up to take part in their UEFA Youth League game against Borussia Dortmund in Germany.

Having played in previous games, it would have been counter-productive to his footballing development to miss out on such an experience, and he did more than watch on.

Lipman started the match with Chuba Akpom suspended due to a red card in a previous round, and made an instant impression.

He scored the opening goal and came close in the second half to netting two more.

Being a part of the trip to Germany, with his young teammates and the Arsenal first team is likely one he will not forget, and it's been quite the week for him.

He heads back now to Boreham Wood, where his loan deal continues until January, and will expect to go back into the squad for their fixture at the weekend against Sutton United.

It's not quite Dortmund, but if he wants more of that, and for the first team proper - Lipman need only continue his excellent goalscoring form and continue heading in the right direction.

 

 

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