Mikel Arteta promotes wonderkid to Arsenal senior training during international break

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Mikel Arteta has called up Arsenal wonderkid Alexei Rojas Fedorushchenko to senior training with the club’s stars on international duty at the moment.

The 16-year-old goalkeeper is another product of the Hale End academy and his performances at youth level are said to have wowed Gunners coaches, which has earned him a place in training with some of the senior players at London Colney.

Fedorushchenko wrote on his Instagram story on Tuesday: “Incredible experience training with the first-team today.”

The young goalkeeper is just the latest of the Hale End academy members to train with the Gunners’ first-team, with the likes of Charlie Patino, Arthur Okonkwo and Salah Oulad M’Hand recently involved at London Colney as well.

Fedorushchenko, who is from Colombia, is a talented goalkeeper, but he might find it difficult to break into the first-team squad anytime soon given Arsenal’s depth in that position.

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Bernd Leno started the season as Arteta’s first-choice in between the posts, before new signing Aaron Ramsdale came in and took his place just four matches into the campaign.

Ramsdale has been in inspired form since signing for the Gunners and his performances in goal have earned him a place in the latest England squad, where he has recently been tipped to take Jordan Pickford’s spot as Gareth Southgate’s first-choice goalkeeper.

Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, when speaking on Sky Sports over the weekend, said on Ramsdale: “You could always see he had something in training and then he got his move – had a tough time – and got relegated twice.

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“I think that says a lot about his character because when Arsenal signed him the fans, people in football, were battering him.

“To come here and perform the way he has, not just with his saves but the way he plays out from the back, he’s changed the whole dynamic of the Arsenal team and I’m really happy for him because he’s a good guy.

“I think so (he can become England’s number one), I don’t see why not. I know Pickford has got it at the moment but I know he’ll be pushing him a lot.

“He can play out from the back, I know Pickford can as well. His distribution is just as good as Pickford’s and he can definitely become England’s number one.”

Source by Football London

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