Arsenal spies said to watch Charlton prodigy score winner at Forest

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Jordan Cousins admits he dreams of a move to his boyhood club but is concentrating his efforts on preserving the Addicks' Championship status.

Arsenal had representatives watching Charlton Athletic's teenage sensation Jordan Cousins last night as the youngster scored a late goal to secure a precious three points for his side at Nottingham Forest.

A report in the London Evening Standard suggests Gunners scouts were present - and not for the first time - to see Cousins in actiona as he notched the winning goal and largely impressed in the 1-0 win.

Cousins, whose versatility will undoubtedly appeal to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, has enjoyed a breakthrough season with the Addicks and is equally adept at playing at right-back, on the right-hand side of midfield or even in a defensive midfield position.

Charlton have struggled all season long but Cousins has been one of the few bright spots and continued his side's recent resurgence at the City Ground as the newly appointed manager Jose Riga and his side pulled further clear in the battle to avoid relegation to League One.

The 20-year-old penned a new three-year deal at the Valley back in October and, while conceding he has supported the Gunners since childhood, his primary focus remains on keeping Charlton afloat in the second tier.

"I do support Arsenal," Cousins told a reporter for the London Evening Standard.

"Obviously the Premier League is my long-term dream but the short-term is about keeping Charlton in the Championship. I’ve got two more years on my contract and I’m focused on that.

"Charlton give you a chance to express yourself and play in the first team and that’s what I want to do."

Wenger may be eyeing up Cousins as an eventual successor to Bacary Sagna at Arsenal, with the Frenchman's contract up in the summer and whose future is very much up in the air with several sides interested.

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