Arsenal wonderkid playing four years above his age as Mikel Arteta gets Bukayo Saka reminder

Arsenal wonderkid Max Dowman has been playing four years above his age group this season and the 14-year-old is already making a name for himself at international level

Max Dowman in action for Arsenal U18s

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been reminded of the incredible talent in his academy after teenage player Max Dowman shone for the Under-18s on Saturday, playing four years above his age group. The 14-year-old has played with older age groups several times this season and he is quickly moving up through the England youth ranks.

Players like Gunners and England star Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah have successfully moved from Arsenal’s academy to the first team in recent years. And there are many more working hard behind the scenes hoping to do the same.

Ethan Nwaneri has come off the bench this season, as he did last term, even though he only turned 17 earlier this month. There is also a lot of excitement about 16-year-old Chido Obi-Martin.

The forward became famous for scoring 10 goals in a game against Liverpool’s Under-16s earlier this season. And he scored four times this weekend as Arsenal’s young players beat Fulham 5-2, reports the Express.

Dowman’s performances against high-quality youth opposition have certainly caught attention. He first played for the Under-18s when he was only 13, and he’s continued playing with older stars even on the international stage.

He recently joined the England Under-16 team that won the Football Federations Cup, and a video of his impressive skills went viral on social media. A talented left-footed midfielder, it’s yet to be seen whether Arsenal boss Arteta will give Dowman a chance in the first team in the coming years.

Nwaneri is the youngest player ever to play in a senior match for Arsenal (15 years and 181 days), setting the record by coming off the bench against Brentford in 2022.

It seems unlikely that Dowman will challenge that record anytime soon, especially with the Gunners currently in the middle of a Premier League title fight, which continues with a tough match against Manchester City on Sunday. But he could be a name for the future.

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