Gilmour and Osei-Tutu ready to step up for Arsenal U23s

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They both featured prominently for Arsenal U18s last season but, no longer eligible for that age group, Charlie Gilmour and Jordi Osei-Tutu will be aiming to establish themselves as a major part of the U23 squad in the forthcoming campaign.

Despite being important players as Kwame Ampadu’s team came close to winning the U18 league title, Gilmour or Osei-Tutu have yet to receive a competitive call-up to the second-string side.

That will certainly change next season and, with several players likely to either be sent out on loan or involved with the first-team, there should be plenty of opportunities for both Gilmour and Osei-Tutu to impress.

A talented central-midfielder, Gilmour has an excellent passing range and has improved significantly defensively of late, adding more aggression to his game.

Following a long spell out through injury, the 18-year-old, who has represented both England and Scotland at youth level, produced some encouraging displays for Arsenal U18s and achieved the rare feat during the victory over Liverpool of scoring a hat-trick of penalties.

Osei-Tutu, meanwhile, has been a near ever-present for the U18s since joining from Reading two years ago.

An athletic and strong right-back, the suspicion remains that he is better going forwards than defensively, although he would be well suited to playing as a right wing-back should the U23s mirror the first-team by switching to a 3-4-2-1 formation.

Tafari Moore seems likely to go on loan again and Chiori Johnson could well follow suit at some point, which would enable Osei-Tutu to establish himself as a regular for the U23s.

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