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In the pipeline: Tyreece John-Jules

Arsenal have spent the past week on a warm weather training camp in Dubai and they capped it off with a friendly match against Al Nasr on Tuesday.

The game was notable for a number of reasons – defender Shkodran Mustafi had a day to forget, falling over before the hosts scored the first goal in a 3-2 defeat – but Tyreece John-Jules’ performance will rank highly.

The forward, just 18, scored his side’s third goal, netting in the 72nd minute.

Fresh from winning the ball outside the area, John-Jules skinned two defenders and finished coolly.

Arsenal, of course, have a long history of promoting youth team players. If they are good enough at the Emirates, they are old enough.

And John-Jules may be the latest to benefit.

The teenager has been in prolific form in the club’s youth teams, scoring 17 times in 23 games for the Under-18 side while also finding the net eight times in 25 outings for the Under-23s.

He has been capped at various England youth levels, for the Under-16s, Under-17s and Under-18s. He has scored for all of them while hitting the back of the net seven times in seven games for the latter.

John-Jules is versatile, too, with the ability to play on either flank or through the middle but he plays predominantly as a central striker.

He can strike the ball well with both feet and explained his strengths to Arsenal’s official website in July.

“I score goals with both feet as I’m comfortable shooting with left or right,” he said.

“That’s an advantage as defenders don’t know which way to show me. Being two-footed is important. From a very young age, I worked hard – and still do – on developing my left foot as I’m naturally right-footed.”

Already a goalscorer, he has yet to play for the senior side in a competitive game.

But the fact he was handed a senior outing in Dubai suggests he is almost ready to break through the glass ceiling and make his first-team debut.

Fans had best keep an eye out for John-Jules.

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