Daniel Oyegoke’s first season as a scholar went well as he gained plenty of experience at U18 level and broke into the U23 squad.
Oyegoke is just 17 but he could be set for a memorable campaign this time around as he looks to further boost his rapidly-growing reputation.
The right-back is a major threat going forwards and is also dependable defensively, although his positioning still requires some improvement.
Fast and skilful, Oyegoke was included in the first-team squad that played MK Dons this week and was brought on for the closing stages, featuring on the right side of a back three.
While he wasn’t on the pitch long enough for his performance to be properly judged, this was still a hugely beneficial experience for Oyegoke, and he will now know that if he continues to progress then further opportunities will soon come his way.
An England youth international, he could well be the first choice right-back for Arsenal U23s this season, especially with Jordi Osei-Tutu having joined Cardiff City on loan. Although Ryan Alebiosu can play there, it is anticipated that he could be used further forwards on the right flank.
Oyegoke has not yet signed professional terms but that could prove to be something of a formality as it is clear that the club rate him highly given that he has been training with the U23s of late despite still being eligible to play for the U18s.
The game against MK Dons provided Oyegoke with a glimpse of what first-team life is like, and he could certainly receive further opportunities as the season progresses.