While Bukayo Saka was off representing Arsenal on the international stage for England against Hungary, the player seeking to follow in his footsteps was turning heads in his own fashion.
Omari Hutchinson is a name quickly becoming hot on the lips of those familiar with the Gunners youth set up as someone who could follow the likes of Saka and Emile Smith Rowe into the first team at the Emirates.
His backheeled assist for Zak Swanson’s goal in the Premier League Cup draw with Bournemouth sent social media into a frenzy, but as with any young player doubts still remain about his ability to make the step up.
Given a rare taste of ‘men’s football’ in the Arsenal under-23s Papa John’s Trophy match against Newport, the 17-year-old proved he could be ready to the next level.
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The game started quietly for Hutchinson who was given a free role to float around the front three and exchange positions with Kido Taylor-Hart and Joel Ideho who took turns as the false nine in absence of Mika Biereth and Flo Balogun.
But it was when switched out wide that the Hale Ender’s class really began to show.