It has been a memorable season for Marcelo Flores, with the youngster having made progress at both club and international level.
Fittingly, the season finished with him featuring for both the Mexico senior team and Arsenal U23s in a short space of time.
In the early hours of Thursday morning Flores came on as a substitute for Mexico in their goalless draw against Guatemala, with the game being played in the United States. It was the 18-year-old’s second senior appearance and he has designs on being involved in this year’s World Cup, although he is also eligible to represent Canada or England.
Then on Friday evening Flores started for Arsenal U23s against Leeds United and was deployed in the left wing position which he has made his own this season.
Flores was one of Arsenal’s standout performers in the 1-1 draw at Emirates Stadium and he managed to get on the scoresheet as he found the net after Joel Lopez’s initial effort was kept out.
One of the highlights of Flores’ season was being named on the bench for the first-team against Crystal Palace and it is possible that he could receive another call-up before the conclusion of the campaign.
Next season Flores will hope to gain further experience of senior football, which could include appearances in cup games for Arsenal or potentially a loan spell.
There were some frustrating moments for the youngster this season, especially earlier in the campaign when he had to be patient to break into the U23s team, but 2021-22 has ended in impressive fashion for Flores.