NXGN prospect Flores in Arsenal squad for first time

7:30 PM WAT 04/04/2022
Marcelo Flores Arsenal 2022
The teenager has been training with Mikel Arteta's first team regularly amid an impressive campaign with the Gunners' U23s

NXGN prospect Marcelo Flores has been included in Arsenal's senior squad for the first time for their Premier League clash with Crystal Palace.

Arsenal return to action following the international break on Monday as their bid to secure a top-four finish continues.

Mikel Arteta named academy duo Zak Swanson and Omari Hutchinson among his substitutes as the Gunners beat Aston Villa in their last game, and Flores is the latest to get an opportunity at first-team level.

What hs been said?

Mikel Arteta included the 18-year-old among the substitutes for the Premier League match at Selhurst Park.

Earlier in the day, the youngster's father, Ruben, said that his son would be in the matchday squad against Palace on social media.

“So proud and excited with the first call up of Marcelo Flores with the first team [of] Arsenal,” Ruben Flores wrote on Twitter. “Good luck son, you’ve been preparing all your life for moments like this.”

Flores in 2021-22

Flores joined Arsenal on a free transfer in 2019 and made his debut for the U23s on the final day of the 2020-21 campaign.

The teenager, who has already represented Mexico at international level, has since nailed down a regular spot in the U23s and has three goals and one assist in eight Premier League 2 appearances this term.

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