Friday, May 24, 2024

Fedoruschenko gains experience of first-team life

Alexei Rojas Fedoruschenko plays for Arsenal’s U16 team, but the highly rated prospect was drafted into first-team training at London Colney yesterday.

With Aaron Ramsdale and Bernd Leno on international duty and Karl Hein out injured, Mikel Arteta took the opportunity to assess Fedoruschenko, who is looking to earn a scholarship deal ahead of next season.

Fedoruschenko has already been on the bench for the U18s and has also been involved with the U17s, but this was a significant step up for the Colombia youth international.

The youngster is also eligible to represent England or Russia on the international stage, but his primary focus at present will be on continuing to develop for Arsenal.

Schoolboy players training with the first-team is quite a rare occurrence, with Chris Willock, Arthur Okonkwo and Charlie Patino the only known examples from recent years.

The fact that Arteta called upon Fedoruschenko as opposed to selecting another goalkeeper from the academy shows that there is a feeling within the club that, in time, he could develop into a player who could break into the first-team squad.

However, the journey to the top, if indeed it does occur, is likely to be a lengthy one. Fedoruschenko’s development, though, will certainly have been helped by the experience that he gained yesterday.

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Bai Blagoi

Small nit-pick: If his full name is Alexei Rojas Fedoruschenko, then, following the Spanish naming traditions, he will be known as Alexei Rojas, and not Alexei Fedoruschenko.
The same like we call our manager Mikel Arteta, and not Mikel Amatriain.


The Russian sites call him Fedoruschenko. Maybe we just ask him what he prefers

Bai Blagoi

I am sure they are 🙂


Why did I know this guy was a keeper just from his name? Weird. Can’t imagine a centre back with this surname

Q3 Technique

We seem to have quite a few promising goalkeepers in our youth set-up!

Horse breath

Fedoruschenko Should be on the shirt. £13 just for the name. 😂

Teryima Adi

We keep churning them out- the talents, and long may it continue.

President Eckener

This sounds like a made-up name. How can we be sure some english writer* didn’t just see someone wearing a hat, add something russian-ish to the end, and pat himself on the back over creating his new spy-thriller nemesis?

*Steve Bruce

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