First senior call-up gives Salah-Eddine the incentive for more

Yesterday was a significant day in Salah-Eddine’s career, with the talented youngster receiving his first call-up to the Arsenal senior squad.

The midfielder may not have entered the fray as Arsenal prevailed with a 2-0 victory against Leeds United in the Carabao Cup at Emirates Stadium, but his inclusion in the matchday squad demonstrated how pleased the coaching staff have been with his progress.

Salah-Eddine, who has previously represented the Netherlands at youth level, endured an injury-ravaged first season at Arsenal having joined in the summer of 2020 after leaving Feyenoord.

After providing a tantalising glimpse of his ability early in the campaign, he then suffered an injury which meant that he didn’t feature again until pre-season the following year.

Now, though, the 18-year-old seems eager to make up for lost time, and he is certainly doing just that.

The majority of Salah-Eddine’s performances for the U23s this season have been outstanding, with the prospect eager to take games by the scruff of the neck.

Those displays have quickly seen Salah-Eddine establish himself as one of the standout players in the U23 team and it seems somewhat bewildering now to recount that he was left out of the matchday squad at the beginning of the campaign.

So far this season Salah-Eddine he has scored three goals and provided one assist in seven games in Premier League 2, while he has also made an impact in the EFL Trophy.

Excellent technically, he isn’t afraid to attempt unconventional passes, while he also contributes defensively, is a fine dribbler and can score spectacular goals.

Given the standard of performances he is producing, it seems unlikely that Salah-Eddine will stay in the U23s for long as he will need to test himself at senior level.

Last night provided him with a sample of the first-team experience and it may not be too long before he is involved on the senior stage again, whether at Arsenal or out on loan.

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