Harry Clarke has yet to make a first-team appearance for Arsenal, but the talented young defender has already gained valuable experience of playing alongside senior stars.
In recent weeks at U23 level, Clarke has played with Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney, Rob Holding and Konstantinos Mavropanos, something which will surely stand him in good stead in his quest to eventually make the breakthrough at the club.
The centre-back has also taken advantage of Zech Medley’s injury to get much playing time in the early weeks of the season and has produced some encouraging performances, which have included him making timely interceptions with regularity.
With a host of players ahead of him in the pecking order, it seems unlikely that Clarke will get a look in for the first-team this season, but next campaign he could well have a chance of featuring in the Carabao Cup and perhaps the Europa League.
Signed from Ipswich Town as a schoolboy, Clarke is capable of playing in midfield or at right-back, but he has now settled at centre-back and helped Arsenal U18s to win the southern section title last season.
Now a fully-fledged member of the U23 side, he has demonstrated that he possesses natural leadership skills and has also proved adept at helping to start attacks with precisely-weighted passes.
Clarke will now be looking to continue to gain as much experience as possible at U23 level as he aims to improve further.