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Arsenal: Benjamin might turn into Nketiah 2.0

Arsenal’s future appears to be like extraordinarily shiny, with the Hale Finish academy producing many gamers who actually have an opportunity of breaking into the primary group.

One such member is Folarin Balogun, who has shone throughout his mortgage spell at Stade de Reims this time period. The 21-year-old has performed 25 Ligue 1 video games, scoring a formidable 15 objectives, whereas creating 5 huge possibilities, making 0.7 key passes per sport and having three photographs per sport, suggesting his performances in one of many greatest leagues on the Continent might stand him in good stead when he returned to London.

He is not the one proficient striker to return by the academy although, with 17-year-old Omari Benjamin at the moment lighting it up for Arsenal’s Beneath-18s and Mikel Arteta might simply reveal his subsequent Eddie Nketiah with the Hale Finish teenage sensation.

Who’s Arsenal star Omari Benjamin?

Benjamin first performed for the U16 facet when he was simply 14, and confirmed glimpses of his potential as he got here by the youth ranks and now performs for the U18 facet.

In 19 video games this time period, Benjamin has scored 13 objectives, together with 11 within the U18 Premier League, and he even scored a hat-trick in his most up-to-date outing in a 4-1 win in opposition to West Bromwich Albion.

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It is no surprise he was dubbed”prolific” by Jeorge Chicken and he even made the Guardian’s ‘Subsequent Era’ listing for 2022, additional displaying simply how proficient he’s, little doubt he might observe an analogous trajectory to Nketiah at Arsenal.

The present first-team gem began as Benjamin got here by the ranks on the Hale Finish, scoring 46 objectives throughout all age teams in simply 60 video games and has since turn into a key member of Arteta’s Arsenal facet.

The 23-year-old has remodeled 100 appearances for the Gunners, scoring 32 objectives and he’s getting extra alternatives this season because of an damage to Gabriel Jesus.

Each Benjamin and Nketiah have the identical predatory instincts that any striker requires, whereas their means to function as a winger may come in useful.

Nketiah’s success will give the 17-year-old confidence as he works his approach by the system and proves that if he simply retains scoring objectives and impressing at each Beneath-18 and Beneath-21 stage, the Spaniard will take discover.

With the aforementioned Balogun – who has scored simply twice in ten first-team appearances for the Gunners to this point – but to pressure his approach into Arteta’s plans, there’s nonetheless time for Benjamin to steal a march on his youth asset.

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Both approach, the way forward for Arsenal’s frontline appears to be like safe for the subsequent few years, that is for positive.

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