The Arsenal manager believes Chris Willock has great potential.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes 16-year-old Chris Willock will develop into an “interesting player” after he impressed in the pre-season friendly against Boreham Wood.

Wenger threw the teenager into the deep end by including him in the starting lineup Arsenal’s first match of the summer, but Willock put in a good performance before being substituted at half time.

The Arsenal boss was pleased with the youngster’s display.

“He’s a very young boy and I wanted him to have a run out with the big boys to see how much he has to do,” Wenger told the Arsenal website. “But technically and tactically he integrated very well.

Of course it’s natural that he lacks a bit of power at that age but when he gets that he will be a very interesting player.”

Willock, an attacking midfield player, signed for Arsenal in June despite interest from Manchester United. He is one of three footballing brothers – his younger brother Joe also plays for the Gunners while eldest sibling Matthew plays for the Red Devils.

It is unlikely that Willock will see any first-team action next season with so many established stars ahead of him in the pecking order, but the Englishman is certainly one to watch for the future.

In other news, Free agent Nikita Haikin joins Bristol City after Lampard wanted to sign him for Everton