"Special" Arsenal wonderkid trains with first team ahead of Brentford clash
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Arsenal wonderkid Salah-Eddine Oulad M'Hand has once again trained with the Gunners first team ahead of the side's clash against Brentford on Saturday.
Arsenal remain five points clear of second-placed Manchester City, who also suffered defeat to Tottenham last weekend. That advantage could be extended to eight points with a win over Brentford, given City do not play until Sunday.
Arteta gave an encouraging update in his pre-match press conference, confirming that forward Gabriel Jesus is doing 'really well' in his recovery from a knee injury suffered in December. The Brazilian, however, will not be ready to face Thomas Frank's side at the Emirates Stadium.
He also praised young forward Folarin Balogun, who is currently the top scorer in Ligue 1 with 14 goals during his loan spell at Reims.
And another young player currently at the Gunners has recently been called up to train with the first team.
Arsenal wonderkid gets first team call-up
Oulad M'Hand has been pictured in first team training photos this week as Arteta's side prepare to take on Brentford.
He was also seen training with the senior squad prior to the defeat to Everton, but was not named in the matchday squad to take on Sean Dyche's side.
The Dutch youth international spent the first half of the season on loan at Championship side Hull. However, he was unable to make a first team appearance after suffering setbacks in his recovery from a groin injury picked up in the summer.
Arsenal recalled him on deadline day, and he will now look to take the next step in his development during the second half of the campaign.
Should he be named in the squad in what would be very much a surprise selection given his lack of match fitness, the 19-year-old would be in line to make his senior debut for the club. He represented the U21 side in EFL Trophy action last season.
Speaking last year, Arsenal's Head of Emerging Talent, Yousuf Sajjad, described the player as a 'special' talent. He told football.london: "We knew of his quality. So, once he had left Feyenoord and an opportunity arose to bring him in on trial, we moved quick.
"You could see straight away there was something special about him. He had an injury-hit start last season but has shown his quality in almost every game he has played this season. I don't even believe he has reached his best yet, there is still more to come."