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Arteta has Arsenal’s very own “homegrown Osimhen” in 15 y/o emerging Hale End “menace”

Arteta has Arsenal’s very own “homegrown Osimhen” in 15 y/o emerging Hale End “menace”

Considerable attention has been drawn to Arsenal’s array of strikers this season. However, the more significant issue might revolve around why the club’s forward line has struggled to replicate its previous cohesion.

The Gunners have encountered difficulties in scoring goals, despite their 5-0 victory against Sheffield United last Saturday.

In the absence of Gabriel Jesus, whose remarkable performance in the midweek triumph over Sevilla appeared to ignite a spark in Eddie Nketiah, there was a noticeable improvement. Admittedly, this improvement came against a team positioned at the bottom of the Premier League, yet success is achieved by playing the opponents in front of you.

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It seems that recently, there has been a resurgence in the team’s attacking prowess.

Nketiah increased his season tally to five goals last weekend, securing a hat-trick against the Blades and making him Arsenal’s leading goal scorer this season. Just a few days earlier, the Hale End product had faced severe criticism. He appeared sluggish and lacked discipline, committing three fouls in a mere nine minutes.

Nevertheless, the academy graduate still lacks the consistent performance required for Arsenal to outshine Manchester City. Simultaneously, the team needs a more reliable option regarding injuries compared to the dynamic Jesus.

There have been talks about a potential move for Victor Osimhen. However, luring him away from Napoli, the current Serie A title holders, might demand a substantial transfer fee.

Opting for a new striking talent in the upcoming January transfer window would be a sensible decision. However, Arsenal should also focus on nurturing prospects from their academy to discover the next rising stars like Nketiah or even Folarin Balogun.

One potential prospect to watch is Chido Obi-Martin.

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You might be wondering about this relatively unknown talent, and rightfully so. Chido Obi-Martin is only 15 years old.

Despite his young age, he has already begun featuring for the U21s. His debut for Mehmet Ali’s side came against Brighton last Sunday.

Remarkably, he became the first schoolboy to play for the U21s this season, marking a significant achievement and a fitting reward for his commendable performances throughout the current campaign.

Thus far, Obi-Martin has scored three goals in six outings for the U18s throughout 2023/24, leading the line as a centre forward expertly.

The teenager has also featured in the UEFA Youth League this term, although is yet to find the net in continental action.

Chido Obi-Martin style of play

What makes the striker’s style so exhilarating is his possession of attributes that can truly unsettle defenders.

This quality was evident during his debut for the U21s at Arsenal, as academy expert Jeorge Bird remarked that he “seems to possess a lot of pace.”

This sentiment was echoed by another academy expert, ‘Hale End Productions,’ who shared insights on social media before the match. They described Obi-Martin’s skill set, highlighting him as a “physical menace, possessing excellent hold-up qualities, and demonstrating adeptness in finishing with both feet.”

In an interesting comparison, the account also referred to him as the club’s “homegrown Osimhen.”

Being compared to an elite striker at such a young age will likely significantly boost the forward’s confidence as he aims to secure more playing time at the U21 level.

A senior debut is undoubtedly a considerable distance ahead, especially when you take into account the quality of players available to Mikel Arteta. However, Ethan Nwaneri made his Premier League debut at the same age, so it’s worth keeping an eye on the progression of this young talent.

Arteta has Arsenal’s very own “homegrown Osimhen” in 15 y/o emerging Hale End “menace”

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