Arsenal wonderkid Kristoffer Olsson: Under-21 football is insufficient for my development

Kristoffer Olsson

Arsenal prospect Kristoffer Olsson is keen to go out on loan if he does not make the first team.

Swedish under-21 international is both fortunate and unlucky to be at Arsenal.

The positive is that he is learning from the best, but at almost any other club by now he would be a first team regular, such is the competition at the Gunners.

He made his debut last season in the Capital One Cup, but has not broken into the first team since.

Now he is anxiously hoping he is picked to go on the club's pre-season tour.

He told Swedish newspaper Folkbladet : "I start training with Arsenal for the next week and maybe I will go on the tour to New York and Austria. The club has not yet told us who will travel."

Olsson's chances appear good however; seeing as he featured on last year's tour to Asia, and many top stars will join late due to World Cup involvement.

Beyond this, Olsson's prospects at Arsenal over the next 12 months are equally unclear and he says he would be happy to go out on loan.

"To be further developed under-21 football is not sufficient. You need the bigger matches - and the audience."

Asked if being loaned to a Champions League side is of importance, he responded: "It is not a high priority. Ideally, I'd like to continue playing in England. Rather that than abroad, because then Arsenal can keep better track of me."

Olsson is clearly motivated to succeed, and as an attacking midfielder he may hope to develop if he remains at the club like Serge Gnabry did last season.

The first step is clearly pre-season, if he gets his chance as he surely will - he cannot let it pass him by, and there will be other young players in the same boat.

The likes of Thomas Eisfeld, Hector Bellerin and Chuba Akpom can all impress and stake their claims before the Premier League gets started, and try to save Arsene Wenger money in the transfer market.

His comments about under-21 football add further fuel to the fire regarding the usefulness of the league, and the proposals for 'B' teams to be considered joining the lower leagues.

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