It has been a memorable few days for talented young Arsenal goalkeeper Hubert Graczyk.
On Thursday the Poland youth international was selected by Mikel Arteta to train with the first-team squad and the following night he travelled to Selhurst Park as the club’s third-choice goalkeeper for the game againstrr Crystal Palace.
The following day he was in action as Arsenal U21s got their campaign underway at home to Manchester United. Graczyk produced an impressive display in a 3-1 victory for Arsenal and he made some excellent saves.
Graczyk is only 19 years old but his journey to reach this stage has been quite a lengthy one – he was first called up to the U18 squad in 2017.
Over the past couple of years in particular Graczyk has progressed a lot – he now commands his penalty area with greater authority, is very vocal and possesses superb reflexes.
In the long term Graczyk faces a challenge at Arsenal to get ahead of the likes of Arthur Okonkwo and Karl Hein, who are not much older than him.
For now, Graczyk is focusing on his own game and it is likely that he will be the first-choice goalkeeper for the U21s for the first half of this season, although Hein, who has been promoted to the first-team squad, could play some games for the second-string when he is back from injury.
It is possible that Graczyk could go on loan in the second half of the season but he will hope to get on the bench for the first-team at some point before then (two goalkeepers can be named as subs in the Europa League).
The season has only just started but Graczyk has already had some notable moments and he will hope that there will be many more to come.