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Earlier this season Arsenal youngster Ben Cottrell was reportedly attracting interest from Borussia Dortmund and Marseille.
Given the standard of Cottrell’s performances this campaign, it is easy to see why such clubs are interested in signing him, with the winger having provided some tantalising glimpses of the quality that he possesses.
Although he is short in stature, Cottrell hasn’t encountered any problems adapting to the step up in physicality at U18 level and has started to hold down a regular place in the side for Ken Gillard’s team in recent weeks.
Capable of making an impact whether deployed on either flank, the 17-year-old is a fine crosser of the ball and he is also capable of locating his team-mates with precise short passes.
One aspect of Cottrell’s game that he is seeking to improve is his goalscoring, and the talented youngster took a step forward in that regard today as he found the net for the first time this season in the U18s’ 2-0 victory over Aston Villa.
The next objective for Cottrell will be to continue to perform consistently as he looks to earn a professional contract at Arsenal, something which will surely come in due course.
With Arsenal having some hugely talented wingers in the U23 squad at present, such as Xavier Amaechi and Bukayo Saka, Cottrell may have to be rather patient as he waits for an opportunity to test himself at a higher level.
Before then, though, Cottrell will be determined to continue impressing for the U18s and will hope to be involved in some capacity when Arsenal continue their FA Youth Cup campaign next week with an intriguing fourth round tie at home to Tottenham.