It appears unlikely that there will be many opportunities for members of the U23 setup to feature at first-team level in the remainder of the season, but Karl Hein is set to remain on the periphery of the squad.
Hein has already been on the bench for the first-team on four occasions in the Europa League and is poised to be named amongst the substitutes again for tomorrow’s game against Benfica in Greece.
The battle between Hein and fellow goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo is an intriguing one, but it appears that the Estonian is edging the duel at present.
At the age of 18, Hein has already been capped by his country on six occasions at senior level and he has also featured prominently for Arsenal U23s.
It is clear that Hein still has much developing to do as he often makes costly mistakes and his distribution is concerning, but he is capable of making some fantastic saves.
Next season should be an interesting one for Hein as he is set to experience senior club football for the first time. A loan spell would certainly be beneficial for him, and Arsenal have a sufficient amount of alternative youth goalkeepers to cope at U23 level in his absence.
Arsenal have a lot of faith in Hein, and, while Okonkwo may appear to be the better prospect at this stage, both goalkeepers have a chance of having a successful career, whether at Emirates Stadium or elsewhere.