Arsenal are preparing for Saturday’s game at Burnley, but Mikel Arteta has called a couple of teenagers into first-team training – including Marcelo Flores.
Arsenal youth team reporter Jeorge Bird has published a photo from training on Wednesday. The snap shows Flores in training with new signing Takehiro Tomiyasu.
Bird also claimed later on Twitter that striker Khayon Edwards joined Flores in stepping up to first-team training on Wednesday.
Flores an exciting prospect for Arsenal
All the attention right now appears to be on Charlie Patino.
Yet Arsenal have another talented midfielder emerging through their ranks in Flores.
The 17-year-old joined Arsenal from the Ipswich Town ranks back in 2019.
Born in Canada but able to play for Mexico or England, Flores has been tipped for a huge future.
In four Under-18 Premier League games this season, Flores already has four goals. He also grabbed an assist, ironically for Edwards, against Southampton last weekend.
Primarily an attacking midfielder, Flores is diminutive but technically gifted. A first-team debut is likely some way off yet, but it’s encouraging that Arteta wanted to take a look at him.
Edwards making strides for Arsenal
Edwards has been attracting praise too. Even Tottenham Hotspur striker Dane Scarlett hailed his first goal against Southampton last weekend.
The 17-year-old scored twice in that game, meaning he has now hit four goals and two assists in four Under-18 Premier League games.
Edwards was on the bench for the EFL Trophy defeat to Swindon Town last week.
Still, it looks like his under-18 displays are turning heads at Arsenal. Edwards will join Flores, Patino and more in hoping for Arsenal first-team calls down the line.