Andries Jonker praises Arsenal teenager Ismael Bennacer's key skills

The Arsenal teenager shone in the UEFA Youth League against Bayern Munich.

Arsenal’s head of academy Andries Jonker has been speaking to the club’s official website about one of the Gunners’ talented teenagers.

Ismael Bennacer is a 17-year-old central midfielder who scored his first goal for the club in their UEFA Youth League clash with Bayern Munich earlier this week.

Unfortunately for the senior side they could not replicate the Arsenal youngsters’ 1-1 draw, as Arsene Wenger’s men crashed to a 5-1 defeat at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday evening, but Bennacer’s man-of-the-match performance for the under-19s is at least a reason for some optimism.

Bennacer played on the right wing against Bayern Munich’s teenagers and Jonker was quick to praise his efforts after the final whistle.

“He has two things in him,” Jonker told “Firstly he has the defensive quality in winning balls, but he also has the offensive quality in being able to play football well. He has a special quality of having a good passing range and a very good shot, like he showed against Bayern.”

Bennacer made his debut for Arsenal’s first-team in their recent Capital One match with Sheffield Wednesday, and while the French teenager suffered defeat on that occasion, the future looks very bright when you consider Jonker’s latest assessment.

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