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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta included Tim Akinola in first-team training at London Colney on Thursday, according to AllNigeriaSoccer.

What’s the story?

It has been reported that Arsenal manager Arteta has included the 20-year-old defensive midfielder several times in first-team training this month.

The youngster could reportedly be included in the Gunners’ matchday squad for their Carabao Cup tie against AFC Wimbledon.

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Akinola, who is a defensive midfielder, is part of the Arsenal youth team and is a regular there.

AllNigeriaSoccer have reported that the youngster’s current contract runs out at the end of the 2021-22 season, with Arsenal holding a two-year option.

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Encouraging

Arsenal are well stocked in defensive midfield, and Akinola is unlikely to establish himself as a regular in the first team anytime soon.

However, Akinola is only 20, and the defensive midfielder will know that it is going to be hard for him to become a first-team squad member.

However, it is very encouraging for the youngster than Arteta rates him so highly and has included him in first-team training.

If Akinola gets his chance to play for the Arsenal first team, then he will have to make the most of it.

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