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Hugely talented 14-year-old midfielder trains with Arsenal first-team

Mikel Arteta has invited hugely talented Arsenal U14 midfielder Max Dowman to first team training ahead of Bournemouth clash

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Arsenal are preparing to face Bournemouth in the last stretch of the Premier League season and Mikel Arteta has invited exciting U14 talent to the first team training.

Arsenal are preparing to face AFC Bournemouth in the final stretch of the Premier League season, and manager Mikel Arteta has made an intriguing addition to the first-team training squad, inviting promising U14 talent Max Dowman to join the ranks.

Reports from Jorge Bird revealed that Dowman, a highly talented 14-year-old midfielder, participated in first-team training on Friday, marking a significant milestone in his development journey. Despite his young age, Dowman has already showcased his potential by earning a spot in Arsenal’s U18 squad this season, making five league appearances and contributing with one goal and four assists.

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The young Englishman’s inclusion in first-team training cements his status as one of the youngest players ever to train with the Arsenal senior squad, underlining his exceptional talent and bright future in the sport.

Arsenal youngster Max Dowman

Arsenal youngster Max Dowman trained with the first team on Friday (Image credit: Getty Images)

Arteta’s decision to extend invitations to promising academy talents throughout the season reflects Arsenal’s commitment to nurturing young talent within the club. Dowman joins a distinguished list of academy prospects who have been afforded the opportunity to train with the first team.


While Dowman’s participation in first-team training is a significant milestone, he is not expected to feature in Arsenal’s upcoming clash against AFC Bournemouth on Saturday. Arteta, during his pre-match press conference, confirmed that the entire squad is fit and available for selection, presenting him with the welcome challenge of making the right selection for the match.

“Everybody is fit and available so now it’s a headache to make the right selection. Good headache.”

In addition to Dowman’s inclusion, Arteta provided an update on the fitness of Jurrien Timber, who is set to make his return to the squad for the first time since August following an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury. 

“We’re not going to know until we throw him in,” Arteta said. “It’s tricky because it’s only three games to go and he’s missed eight months of football. He’s played only 50 minutes of football with the under-21s, so it’s a question that has to be resolved only by throwing him on the pitch and seeing what happens. We have to try to nail that decision.”

Timber’s return adds depth and competition to the squad, further bolstering Arsenal’s options as they aim to secure a positive result against Bournemouth.

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