Arsenal begin their pre-season today with a friendly against Scottish side Hibernian at Easter Road.
The Gunners travelled to Scotland yesterday for a five-day camp. After the game against Hibs this evening, Mikel Arteta’s men are scheduled to take on SPFL champions Rangers on Saturday to help celebrate their 150th anniversary. (Goal)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Nicolas Pepe, Thomas Partey and most other senior players have made the trip. However, the most exciting part of pre-season is watching how our youngsters perform, and we have quite a few who could make their mark this summer.
Three Arsenal wonderkids Arteta could use against Hibernian
The 17-year-old burst onto the scene last season for our under-18’s and he was absolutely incredible. In 19 starts in the under-18 Premier League last term, Hutchinson was directly involved in 15 goals – seven goals and eight assists. That is a fantastic return for someone of his age.
Hutchinson is hugely versatile. He can play on either wing, in attacking midfield and even as a number eight. He has a massive future ahead of him, and we could well see him get some minutes against Hibs this evening.
The teenager revealed on Instagram yesterday that he has travelled with the squad to Scotland. Rekik joined us from Hertha Berlin in January this year, and Per Mertesacker is reportedly a huge fan. (Read more)
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The Tunisian is yet to feature regularly for Arsenal in any age group. However, Mikel Arteta believes that he has a ‘really bright future‘, and that could convince the Gunners boss to use him later today.
Arsenal begin their pre-season without an experienced option in goal. Bernd Leno is still away on holiday, while Maty Ryan is no longer with us. That leaves Runar Alex Runarsoon, but the Iceland international isn’t good enough.
That could open the door for young Okonkwo, who recently signed a new contract and has been promoted to the Arsenal first-team. The 19-year-old is set to be Arsenal’s third-choice goalkeeper for next season, but he could well be the number one for our two games in Scotland.
Standing at 6ft 4in tall, Okonkwo has impressed everyone behind the scenes. Arteta labelled him a ‘huge talent‘ a few days ago, and we can’t wait to see him in action with the senior players.