As a footballing prodigy who represented Norway at the age of just 15, Martin Odegaard knows a thing or two about promising young players.
Our attacking midfielder has been impressed by the sheer number of prospects in our academy and says Arsenal fans should feel optimistic for the future.
“I think there are a lot of talented players here in the academy, every time they come to train with us they bring quality and they do well, so we have a lot of players,” Odegaard told our official Twitter Q&A.
“I would probably say Charlie [Patino] is one of the biggest talents there, I really like the way he plays and uses the ball, and his confidence to get on the ball and [also] ask for the ball all the time. He is definitely one to watch for the future.
“I speak with George Lewis, obviously he’s Norwegian and we speak the same language so yeah, I speak to him every now and then. He’s been injured, I know he had a hard time so we speak and he’s a good guy. A talented guy as well.
“To give advice to young players, I would just say, work hard and have fun. That is very important and it’s easy to forget, we all play football because it’s fun… so have fun, but work hard, believe in yourself, never give up and then everything is possible.”