Yunus Musah – the next standout schoolboy for Arsenal U18s?


Every year there tends to be at least one schoolboy who is fast tracked into being a regular for Arsenal U18s, with recent examples including Reiss Nelson, Trae Coyle and Bukayo Saka.

This time around, the early evidence suggests that Yunus Musah will be the under-16 player who is afforded the most opportunities with the older age group.

Towards the end of last season Musah was on the fringes of the Arsenal U18 side but he has started this campaign in the thick of the action, having been involved from the outset in both of the games so far.

Against Aston Villa, Musah was deployed as an attacking midfielder and he proceeded to produce an excellent display as he scored and provided an assist.

The following game, against Brighton & Hove Albion, Musah was again selected to start, this time on the left wing, as he demonstrated his versatility.

There are further strings to his bow, too, as he has previously often played as a central midfielder, but, regardless of where he is used, Musah usually tends to make a major impact on matches.

Capped by England at U16 level although also eligible to represent Ghana, there had been a considerable amount of speculation regarding Musah’s club future this summer as he was heavily linked with a move to Juventus.

In the end, though, the Hale End product elected to remain with Arsenal, where it is anticipated that he will sign a scholarship deal ahead of next season.

Until then, the focus will be on helping Musah to develop his game further and become physically stronger and he has certainly seized his opportunities so far this campaign.

A confident player, the 15-year-old is undoubtedly one of Arsenal’s brightest prospects and he will surely be encouraged by the fact that Saka, who was in his position a year ago, is now impressing at U23 level.

If he applies himself correctly then Musah could eventually follow suit, but for now he will be aiming to retain his place in the starting lineup for the U18s and improve even more.



  1. As I posted on here several weeks ago, I was impressed with Musah when he played for England u16s last season. I thought then he looked like he might well be a future England senior star. he was then playing as a deep lying midfield player, with pace and athleticism and a penchant for forward penetrating passes.

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