“Take this player instead of Osimhen or Toney, he’s better than the two of them”- Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has advised Mikel Arteta to look into the ‘prolific hitman’ who has shown himself on a higher stage than Ivan Toney.
Mikel Arteta has endorsed Arsenal’s ‘prolific’ 20-year-old talent.
With the international break in full flow, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will be scrutinizing the Gunners players who have not traveled.
There are a number of first-team Arsenal players who have not been called up for international action for various reasons.
William Saliba, Bukayo Saka, and Leandro Trossard have all retired from their national teams to improve their fitness and recover from injuries.
Furthermore, Ben White, Jorginho, Emile Smith Rowe, and Gabriel Martinelli have not been selected for their respective countries and will remain in London.
During international breaks, Arsenal has developed a tradition of organizing and playing friendly matches behind closed doors.
The Gunners have faced Watford, Ipswich Town, and Brentford, with Arteta scouting both periphery players and academy stars.
According to football.London, Arsenal’s “most obvious pick” to play up front in such a friendly is.
‘Potential in front of the goal’
The player in question is Khayon Edwards. With almost every first-team offensive option unavailable, the 20-year-old appears to be a lock to start.
Last season, Edwards was part of two Europa League matchday squads and worked regularly with Arteta’s squad.
He has made eight appearances this season. Six came from the Premier League 2 and two from the EFL Trophy. He has three goals and an assist to his name.
Edwards is characterized as “a hard-working attacker whose style of play and potency in front of goal emulates fellow academy grad, Eddie Nketiah” by Arsenal.com.
And, according to Jeorge Bird, he was “prolific” at the Under-18 level. He is now performing admirably at the Under-21 level and appears to have a promising future ahead of him.