Arsenal wonderkid catches the eye after scoring 16 goals in five games

Arsenal wonderkid catches the eye after scoring 16 goals in five games

Mark Kinyanjui 12:49 - 14.04.2024

The rangy Chido Obi-Martins has now scored 20 goals in 20 league games for the Arsenal U-18 side.

The Arsenal Academy has huge reason to be excited as 16-year-old prodigy Chido Obi-Martin continues to make waves in the youth football scene. 

The young striker, who is eligible to play for Denmark, England and Nigeria, has been turning heads with his exceptional performances for Arsenal's Under-18 team, earning rave reviews under the guidance of Jack Wilshere.

In a recent fixture against West Ham, Obi-Martin stole the show by scoring an impressive five goals in an 8-1 demolition, making it his 16th goal in five appearances for the young Guns.

The young Gunners raced to a 4-0 lead within the first 40 minutes, with Obi-Martin netting a hat-trick in just 13 minutes. Osman Kamara added a brace, and Dan Casey also got on the scoresheet before Obi-Martin completed his stellar performance with a late penalty.

This outstanding display took Obi-Martin's tally to 20 goals in just 14 games in the Under-18 Premier League, establishing him as one of the competition's most prolific scorers.

 Despite reported interest from clubs like Borussia Dortmund, Obi-Martin remains committed to Arsenal and is keen to continue his development at the club.

Obi-Martins has already played for the Denmark U-18 side, and has drawn a lot of praise from the side’s head coach Jesper Mikkelsen.

“He has the 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," Mikkelsen said, as quoted on Arsenal News Now.

“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," he added.

“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.”

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