Versatile youngster Alfred Mugabo is yet to secure a professional contract at the club as he enters the second year of his scholarship, but the 17 year old is already a senior international footballer after making his debut for Rwanda in their 2014 World Cup qualifier with Algeria yesterday.
Algeria may have prevailed with a 1-0 victory, but it was still a momentous occasion for Mugabo, who entered the fray as a 54th minute substitute. The Hale End product has been deployed in numerous positions at club level, having played at right-back, centre-back and in central-midfield, whilst his previous representation for his country came as a winger in the 2011 U17 World Cup.
Mugabo made 18 appearances for Arsenal’s U18s last season, and also made a handful of outings for the U21s and in the NextGen Series. He will aim to earn a professional contract during the next campaign.
Mugabo’s cap sees him become the 28th current international on Arsenal’s books, with Mikel Arteta, Vito Mannone and Francis Coquelin (all of whom have been capped by their countries at youth level) the only members of the first-team squad yet to receive a senior call-up.
Current Arsenal internationals:
Lukas Podolski – Germany- (110 caps, 46 goals), Tomas Rosicky- Czech Republic- (91 caps- 20 goals), Per Mertesacker- Germany- (90 caps, 2 goals), Marouane Chamakh- Morocco- (63 caps, 17 goals), Ju-Young Park- South Korea- (61 caps, 25 goals), Nicklas Bendtner- Denmark- (55 caps, 22 goals), Santi Cazorla- Spain- (55 caps, 9 goals), Gervinho- Ivory Coast- (45 caps, 13 goals), Thomas Vermaelen- Belgium- (42 caps, 1 goal), Johan Djourou- Switzerland- (40 caps, 1 goal), Bacary Sagna- France- (34 caps), Theo Walcott- England- (33 caps, 4 goals), Aaron Ramsey- Wales- (26 caps, 6 goals), Joel Campbell- Costa Rica- (24 caps, 7 goals), Andre Santos- Brazil- (24 caps), Lukasz Fabianski- Poland- (21 caps), Oliver Giroud- France- (19 caps, 3 goals), Abou Diaby- France- (16 caps, 1 goal), Wojciech Szczesny- Poland- (13 caps), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain- England- (12 caps, 3 goals), Nacho Monreal- Spain- (12 caps), Laurent Koscielny- France- (10 caps), Jack Wilshere- England- (7 caps), Samuel Galindo-Bolivia- (2 caps), Kieran Gibbs- England- (2 caps), Ryo-Japan- (2 caps), Carl Jenkinson- England- (1 cap), Emmanuel Frimpong- Ghana- (1 cap), Alfred Mugabo- Rwanda- (1 cap).
Youth internationals: (not including those with full caps)- refers to highest level the player has been capped at.
Benik Afobe- England- U21, Deyan Iliev- Macedonia- U21, Ignasi Miquel- Spain- U21, Damian Martinez- Argentina- U20, Chuba Akpom- England- U19, Chuks Aneke- England- U19, Hector Bellerin- Spain- U19, Kristoffer Olsson- Sweden- U19, Nico Yennaris- England- U19, Serge Gnabry- Germany- U18, Isaac Hayden- England- U18, Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill- England- U18, Glen Kamara- Finland- U19, Zak Ansah- England- U17 (has switched allegiance to Ghana), Jack Jebb- England- U17, Austin Lipman- England- U17, Jon Toral- Spain- U17, Wellington- Brazil- U17, Alex Iwobi- England- U17, Elliot Wright- England- U17, Dan Crowley- England- U17, Gedion Zelalem- Germany- U16, Ryan Huddart- England- U16, Tafari Moore- England- U16, Jamaal Raage- Sweden- U15.