Ismail Oulad M’Hand aiming to follow in the footsteps of his brother Salah-Eddine

This season Salah-Eddine has established himself as one of the standout prospects in the Arsenal academy, to the extent that he received a call-up to the first-team when he was named on the bench against Leeds United in the Carabao Cup.

Salah-Eddine’s first season at the club in 2020/21 was a rather frustrating one as he spent much of the campaign out with injury, and this term his brother, Ismail Oulad M’Hand, has gone through a similar situation in terms of not being heavily involved.

Like his brother, Ismail, who was born in the Netherlands, was previously at Feyenoord. The prospect linked up with Arsenal’s U16 squad in January before signing scholarship terms in the summer.

After featuring for the U18s in pre-season, it was anticipated that the central midfielder would receive some opportunities in the league for Dan Micciche’s side. That hasn’t transpired so far but this week the 16-year-old was involved with the U17s in a friendly and it is anticipated that he will soon get opportunities with the older age groups.

A player who is excellent technically, Ismail is an impressive passer, although he isn’t the strongest physically. There is intense competition for places in midfield in Arsenal’s U18 squad at present, but next season Ismail should be a regular in the side.

It’s clear that Ismail has some way to go in order to match the progress made by his older brother, but he is a good prospect in his own right and will hope that he will soon have an opportunity to showcase his credentials on a regular basis.


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