16-year-old Arsenal player Tolaji Bola says Sol Campbell is his footballing idol

The Arsenal teenager has learned from watching some of the best.

Arsenal youngster Tolaji Bola has been speaking to the club’s official website about the players he likes to learn from, both past and present.

Bola is a 16-year-old centre-back who currently plays for Arsenal’s under-18 side and as a lifelong Gunners fan there is one player in particular that he loved to watch when he was growing up.

“I used to watch and admire Sol Campbell,” Bola told arsenal.com. “He had pace and power. I also like to learn from the modern centre-backs like Thiago Silva.”

If Bola can ultimately become anywhere near as good as either of those players Arsenal will have a superstar on their hands, but he will know the hard work has only just begun as he attempts to one day push for a first-team place at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is not afraid to give youth a chance but at just 16, and considering his position on the pitch, Bola is a long way down the pecking order.

He will know that, but if he can earn a place in the Gunners’ under-21s in the next couple of years that will be a sensible next step for a player whose footballing idol is one of the best defenders Arsenal have ever had.

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