Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta called up 17-year-old striker, Daniel Oyetunde to first-team training yesterday ahead of the game against Wolves.
The Gunners host Wolves at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon as they look to cement their spot at the top of the Premier League table, after reaching the summit last weekend with the victory over Brentford.
Mikel Arteta’s side are in great form going into the match this weekend as they have won their last four games in all competitions, following the controversial defeat to Newcastle last month.
The Gunners have arguably the most exciting youth academy in the country with the likes of Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah all currently in the first-team after coming through Hale End as kids and 17-year-old Oyetunde could be the next big thing.
Daniel Oyetunde joined Arsenal when he was just 12-years-old and five years later he trained with the Arsenal first-team for the first time this week, following a request from Mikel Arteta.
The young striker moved to North London after impressing the Arsenal scouts while playing for Cheshunt FC, where he helped them win the league. An eight week trial followed at Arsenal and after just four weeks, the club decided to hand him a contract.
Oyetunde has impressed with Arsenal’s youth team this season and was rewarded by being called up to train under Mikel Arteta ahead of the game against Wolves on Saturday. The teenager has clearly caught the Arsenal manager’s eye with his good performances this season.
Daniel Oyetunde has recently named Chelsea legend Didier Drogba as his idol growing up and even claimed that he tries to play like the former striker. He also revealed that he tries to take bits from Thierry Henry‘s game too.
Oyetunde speaking to the Arsenal media team: “I have to admit I’ve been a Chelsea supporter my whole life and my earliest football memory was the 2012 Champions League semi-final between Chelsea and Barcelona where Torres scored that goal. It’s an iconic moment given that we went on to win the Champions League.
“As a Chelsea fan and striker, I looked up to the likes of Didier Drogba – he was such a brilliant striker and a big-game player who will always be remembered for his clutch goals. However, I also watched a lot of Thierry Henry’s highlights and was just amazed at how good he was in his prime.
“I try to mould my game on both Drogba and Henry.”