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Highly-rated midfielder Bradley Ibrahim has admitted that he once lost 9-0 to Arsenal when still a part of Queens Park Rangers’ academy, speaking to the Premier League club’s official website. 

The future is bright at the Emirates. And we’re not just referring to Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe either.

Some of the most exciting young talent in British football are honing their talents at Arsenal’s iconic Hale End academy right now.

Charlie Patino, labelled ‘the best kid I’ve ever seen’ by former Gunners scout Brian Stapleton, came within touching distance of a first-team debut during the recent 3-0 League Cup victory over AFC Wimbledon. 

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Folarin Balogun has also forced his way on the fringes of Mikel Arteta’s first-team plans while goalkeepers Arthur Okonkwo and Karl Hein have caught the eye too – at international level too, in the case of the latter.

At 17, London-born Ibrahim still has a lot to learn. The man himself admits as much.

But, given the chance to train with Arteta’s senior squad during the November international break, things are certainly going in the right direction for a talented, tenacious central midfielder who has come a long way since swapping QPR for North London in 2019. 

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“When I first joined Arsenal, I’ve got to admit, I wasn’t anywhere near the standard of the other boys,” Ibrahim admits.  

“Technically they were so much better than me and looked so much silkier on the ball. But, over time, I gradually closed that gap, and I must be doing something right because I’m still here now! 

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“Growing up, Arsenal were always the best team at academy level. They were always the team to beat. I remember losing 9-0 against them when I was at QPR, so it was a nice feeling to know that those thrashings were finally over and I could join in on the other side. 

“I’ve come a long way since then and making my debut for the under-18s last season at just 16 was a big step in my development and progress.” 

Ibrahim describes himself as a ‘dynamic’ box-to-box or deep-lying midfielder, one who ‘loves to win the ball back with little interceptions and timely tackles’ before turning defence into attack with one of his trademark lung-busting bursts. 

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