Arsenal youngster Stephy Mavididi has been heavily praised by the U-21 side boss Steve Gatting for his performance against Stoke City after Dan Crowley had been sent off. The forward grabbed a brace in the 3-1 victory over Stoke City’s U-21s and his exploits are certainly appreciated, according to Gatting (via Arsenal.com).
Arsenal’s U-21 side has been long supplemented by signings from abroad, and Mavididi looks to be one of those set for the big time. The 18 year old striker, who was born in Derby, won a lot of plaudits for his prolific displays last season and stepped up his performances with 12 goals in 13 games for the U-18 team. He is strong in the air and has quite a few tricks in his locker, qualities which are rarely found together in the same player. U-21 boss Steve Gating was full of praise for his performance and discipline after the game, highlighting the fact that his goals and tenacity helped the Arsenal side win on the day.
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“I thought it was a very disciplined performance from us. It is a hard place to come and play Stoke away on a pitch like we did with the wind. We had 10 men and and Stephy did well for the 20 minutes where we had 10 men,” said Gatting.
“He made himself available for the counter-attacks and he had a chance 10 minutes before that where he did well very well and he took his goal – that sealed the win for us.”
We haven’t seen a huge amount from Mavididi beyond his duties with the U-21s, but that could soon change. Arsene Wenger is obviously known for putting his faith in youth, and Mavididi may well be the next youngster in the Frenchman’s promotion plans.