THE answer to Arsenal's problems on the wing could be staring them right in the face, bursting through the ranks of the Hale Academy.
Their teenage starlet Xavier Amaechi was sensational for the Gunners under 23s this term, drawing comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo for his exciting moments of flair and power.
Blessed with raw talent and pace, the 18-year-old boasts a wand of a left-foot and often leaves defenders bamboozled with his dribbling skills.
Amaechi's abilities have ALREADY alerted German giants Bayern Munich, who are reportedly interested in making him the next British export to the Bundesliga.
That, coupled with his rapid progress, has meant the North London side are currently locked in talks with Amaechi for a long-term contract, as well as his promising teammate Tyreece John-Jules.
Academy coach Freddie Ljungberg, a wide man himself during his playing days, has been an incredible mentor for the youngster.
“I feel I have learnt a lot this year," he revealed.
"Freddie is teaching me a lot about the tactical part of being a winger. I am happy playing on either wing and I’m comfortable showing with my left or right foot.
“When I first started playing for the U23s it was harder to get past defenders at first but I found that I had to use my brain a bit more to find different ways to get into danger areas and set up other players to get my own shots off.
“My spatial awareness is so much better now, I am good at one on ones and the fact I can play wither way and use bot left and right feet hers keep defenders guessing.”
Amaechi, who was born in Bath, has been with Arsenal since he was 12, and signed his first pro contract in January, 2018.
And Unai Emery clearly sees him as one for the future, allowing the prodigy to train with the first team as often as possible.
"It’s quite surreal playing training games alongside players that I normally only play with on FIFA,” he told the Arsenal matchday programme.
“I learn as much as I can and at the same time try to show that I’m confident, as it’s an opportunity to show the coaches what I can do so that I can at some time feature in their plans when an opportunity arises.”
Amaechi's contract expires on June 30, 2020, and there will no doubt be suitors attracted to his qualities.
In the meantime, he's learning Spanish, which will surely put him in Emery's good books, or help secure him a future move to La Liga.
“My other target is to improve my Spanish," he said. "I really enjoyed it at school. I have recently started having two lessons a week at the club.
“It’s a good way of taking my mind off football when I need to and it will be funny when I improve sufficiently to surprise some of the Spanish coaches and players.”
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