Photos: Highly rated Christopher Willock in Arsenal training as Wenger plans ahead

The 17-year-old forward was pictured in practice with the Gunners.

Pre-season is the perfect time to give every member of your squad a chance and that's exactly what Arsenal have been doing with their youth products ahead of next term.

Indeed, not only have the likes of Dan Crowley and Gedion Zelalem been pictured in training with the north London side, 17-year-old striker Christopher Willock has joined in during practice as Arsene Wenger continues to plan ahead by giving his younger players every chance to integrate with the first team.

Willock is described by the Gunners' official website as 'highly rated' and continues a fine tradition of young strikers being promoted through the ranks in the capital.

Chuba Akpom started out in a similar fashion and is now on the cusp of the first-team squad, even if the forward has some way to go.

Arsenal's lack of a marquee centre-forward in recent years also means any young strikers within the Gunners setup know there is a distinct gap to fill at the very top one day. Akpom will likely get his chance to prove himself in the future. Maybe so can Willock.


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