Arsenal’s highly-rated youngster Salah-Eddine has earned rave reviews in the academy this season, prompting manager Mikel Arteta to call him up into the first team squad on several occasions.
The central midfielder has impressed at Under-23 level due to his agility and creativity in the middle of the park.
But against Leicester Under-23’s on Monday night, the 20-year-old sent a clear message to Arteta and his coaching staff about a characteristic not many people will be aware of.
Salah-Eddine was seen tracking back from inside his own half before putting in a crunching tackle to prevent an almost certain goal.
He celebrated the successful challenge by sharing a high-five and hug with goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo, who had earlier conceded a penalty.
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_)
Arsenal drew the game 1-1 after Omari Hutchinson’s excellent solo goal cancelled out Tawanda Maswanhise’s first half penalty.
Omari Hutchinson that’s it that’s the tweet
surely gets a debut for the senior team soon pic.twitter.com/x21gCFx65g
— sasha | esr (@SmithRoweHQ)
football.london understands that Arteta has been using a number of youngsters in the first team training sessions at London Colney.
The likes of Salah-Eddine, Mika Biereth and Charlie Patino are all considered on the fringes at Arsenal, a decision which was emphasised when they were named in the squad to face Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup last month.
Salah-Eddine told the club’s official website after signing for the club: “It feels great to join a massive club like Arsenal.
“It’s a good environment for me to work on my development and hopefully through the academy I can become a first-team player.
“They first contacted my dad and then I went there for a week just to see what the club is all about, and after that they didn’t really have to say anything. I immediately knew that it was the right club for me.”