Arsenal name a trio of teenagers in their squad for Molde game

Arsenal has named three 17-year-olds in their Europa League squad for the match against Molde on Thursday, Sun Sports reports.

Zane Monlouis, Omari Giraud-Hutchinson and Charlie Patino have all been named by Mikel Arteta as the Spanish manager looks to continue blooding players from the club’s academy.

The Gunners are famous for giving chances to young players and they have also continued that tradition under Arteta.

The Spaniard has made the likes of Bukayo Saka a key member of his current team and these youngsters will be looking to emulate the new England international.

Monlouis is a defender who can play as a centre-back and as a left-back, the report claims that although he is still a schoolboy, he has played for the club’s under-18.

Patino is a central midfielder who joined the club’s first-team training in September.

The report states that he has caught the attention of Arteta and has earned a place in the team.

Giraud-Hutchinson is a left-sided player like Saka and he reportedly has an eye on making the team as Saka has done.

The Gunners have started their European campaign with two wins in two group games and they might have the chance to give some minutes to these youngsters against Molde on Thursday.

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14 Comments

  1. gunnerforlife says:

    Its indeed good news that MA is giving chances to these youngsters which will greatly help in their development. Our main players need rest for the big match in the PL on Sunday, specially our defenders Gabriel and Holding, so different players must be used in each position for the Molde game. Also Molde must not be taken lightly and Arsenal must win the game to ensure qualification to the next round.

  2. Declan says:

    I don’t think they will feature at all , but just being given experience of being part of the group as has been done with many other youngsters. I do hope Balogun starts tonight though and ESR, if he’s fit.

    1. Sue says:

      Saw ESR in the training photos, Declan.. let’s hope we see him at some point… 🤞
      And as for Balogun, 15 minutes wasn’t enough last week – we want more 😄

      1. Sid says:

        Yup, his playstyle was affected by nerves it seemed.

  3. Eddie says:

    Omari Hutchinson should get some minutes pleeeease.
    In case you don’t know, that boy’s more skillful than Nelson and Saka was at his age.
    Thank God Arteta finally sees it.
    I doubt he’ll play today, but then selecting him alongside those two can’t be random

    1. Declan says:

      Good to hear Eddie and thanks for the heads up as I don’t know anything about him, which reminds me I need to look at George Birds site which focuses on the youth players.

      1. Declan says:

        *Jeorge* Bird Youth.

      2. Eddie says:

        Arsenalyouth-dot-wordpress-dot-com..
        Yeah his site actually gives a lot of information regarding the academy players.

        1. Admin Pat says:

          Excellent site by Jorge, very informative…

        2. Lawrx says:

          Thanks Eddie for the info, cos I really needed it to follow up our academy players.

    2. speedy says:

      Hutchinson is the league leading assist maker at u18 level .can’t wait to see him play even for n/a game .been following him since u12.

  4. Atid says:

    Simply routine, the 3 lads have all just signed their first pro contract, so therefore qualify for the squad as a b list player as they have been at the club long enough to be eligible

  5. Khadii says:

    Have been following Omari Hutchinson since he was 8yrs old..
    The boy is one of the most skillful and intelligent youngsters i’ve seen in our academy in the last 8-9years.
    Hope he keeps developing well.
    Just watch his clips on youtube to confirm

  6. Sid says:

    I hope Balogun gets more minutes. Let’s see if that conservative press thing is a habit or just nerves. He did make good runs though.

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