Wenger on where his Europa League youngsters play


Even in this day and age, with so much coverage of young players, the names of Marcus McGuane, Charlie Gilmour, Vlad Drogomir and Josh Dasilva are still likely to have some fans scratching their heads.

The latter made his first team debut in the 1-0 win over Doncaster last week, but the first three are yet to make an appearance outside of youth level.

All have made the trip to Belarus to face BATE Borisov tomorrow night and Arsene Wenger was asked to fill in the blanks a little bit.

“Gilmour is a defender or central midfielder, he said. “McGuane is a defensive midfielder, and overall he can play as a wing-back or even a centre back in training.

“Josh Dasilva is a left wing-back or a left-centre back. Vlad Dragomir is a Romanian boy, he was with us for a few years.

“He’s a No 10, Wilshere-style, left-footed, a creative player.”

Whether they get to play remains to be seen, but skipper Per Mertesacker – who will take over the Arsenal academy next season – says it’s a chance for them to learn.

“To train with us, to travel with us, it’s the big time for such a young group,” he said.

“But it’s now up to them to resist those pressure situations.”

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