Because of his flexibility, Arsenal youth Marcelo Flores claims he can play as a striker for Mikel Arteta’s side.
Kevin Betsy, the club’s under-23s manager, has described the midfielder as “outstanding,” and he has previously stated that he idolizes Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo.
Flores went over the roles he claims he can play for the squad in an interview with the Athletic.
Arsenal, of course, requires firepower this summer, with Alexandre Lacazette on his way out and the club looking for fresh strikers.
Flores claims he has the ability to play as a striker for Arsenal.
“I enjoy playing in a number ten/left-wing position in a more free role,” he remarked. I enjoy getting the ball to my feet, being isolated on the flank, and beating a man so I can score goals in one-on-one situations.
“I’m a versatile player who can play as a number nine, on either side, or even as a number eight, and I’ve always been an active guy who enjoys pushing.”
“I spent a lot of time working on my dribbling and driving with the ball.” Finishing at peak speed is important to me, and I strive to improve on both feet.
“After each session, there’s a lot of video analysis and meeting down with coaches who tell me what I can improve on. In addition, I’ve been training both at Arsenal and away from the club to try to improve it.”
Flores is unlikely to be Arsenal’s solution up front next season, but if he progresses and impresses in pre-season, he may be a viable alternative.
Young players understand that in order to make the squad, they must be adaptive and versatile.
They may not always get into the precise position they want, but if a space in a role they can perform becomes available, they must seize it with both hands.