Arsenal’s rising talent, Chido Obi-Martin, made a stunning debut with an exceptional performance, scoring an impressive ten goals in a commanding 14-3 victory against Liverpool. At just 15 years old, he’s been making waves in Arsenal’s youth teams and recently caught the attention of manager Mikel Arteta.
In a standout match for Arsenal under-16 squad against Liverpool, Obi-Martin not only secured a hat-trick but managed to score a total of ten goals, solidifying his presence on the field. His remarkable feat was proudly shared on social media, accompanied by a snapshot in the dressing room holding the match ball, captioned with the scoreline and a heart eyes emoji.
His talent hasn’t gone unnoticed, especially by former Arsenal star Ian Wright, who praised the youngster’s abilities, highlighting his impressive physical attributes and agility.
Speaking of the young talent, Ian Wright said: “Chido Obi-Martin, he’s 15, honestly, he’s like 6 foot 2, he looks really quick.”
This recognition has led to an opportunity for Obi-Martin to train with the senior team under Arteta’s watchful eye.
Beyond his exceptional performances in the under-16 category, Obi-Martin has showcased his skills in higher age groups, netting goals in under-18 games and making appearances in both the Premier League 2 and UEFA Youth League.
His prowess extends internationally as well, having scored seven goals in nine matches for Denmark under-17 team. Coach Jesper Mikkelsen has commended his physical prowess and goal-scoring determination while acknowledging areas for growth in playing collectively with the team.
“When you look at ‘Chido’, he doesn’t look like someone who hasn’t turned 16 yet,” Mikkelsen said. “First of all, he has a physique that is really advantageous as a football player.
“He is big and strong, but he is also reasonably agile. He is good at sticking to the game, but he is actually also good at challenging and dribbling himself.
“So of course that makes him interesting now here and in the long run, because it is interesting to see how much this physique can carry him forward towards a breakthrough on the big stage. Right now he is really dominant because of his physique, but I don’t think that is the only reason.
“His greatest characteristic and challenge is that he really wants to score goals. When I say it can also be a disadvantage, I mean that he can sometimes play his own game. He is very searching for chances, where he forgets that you also have to play with the others.”
Despite being eligible to represent England and Nigeria through his heritage, Obi-Martin hasn’t yet decided on his international allegiance amidst interest from both Denmark and England.