It’s not often that Arsenal confirm the signing of a player after he’s worn the club’s colours but that’s the way things have played out for new recruit Lino Sousa.
The 17-year-old left-back made his debut for the club’s under-18s in a 4-0 win against Chelsea last Saturday – a 29-minute cameo off the bench – but had to wait until Friday before the Gunners’ website shone a spotlight on his arrival from West Bromwich Albion.
Sousa made his debut for the Baggies’ under-23 side when he was just 16 and is now hoping he can make a similar impact at London Colney.
“I’d like to thank the club for giving me this opportunity to be here and I’m just excited to get going to be honest,” he told Arsenal.com.
“I’ve seen that obviously recently things have started to change a bit around here and a lot more young players are coming through and there’s a pathway there. That’s what I’m hopefully looking to aim to do and just progress into the first team one day.
“Bukayo and Emile are two players that have done it and there’s plenty more, and hopefully I’ll be able to add to that list one day.
“I just want to get my head down, get back playing, get into that under-23s team and then hopefully be with the first team for pre-season.”
We look forward to following Lino’s progress at Arsenal. Who knows, maybe he’ll be challenging Kieran Tierney and Nuno Tavares with a couple of years…