Arsenal take 17-year-old Allende on-trial with first-team

Arsenal have taken 17-year-old Chilean sensation Marco Allende on trial with the first-team, The Sun reports.

What’s the word?

Recommended by Alexis Sanchez himself, and being compared to the two-time Copa America winner, Marco Allende is one of the brightest young prospects within South American football and Arsenal have taken the first steps towards a deal.

The Sun reports Allende, a midfielder by trade, was training with the first-team at Arsenal and the spell is his second with the North London outfit, having previously been pictured at the club back in October.

Arsenal scouts seem keen to sign Allende, who currently plays for Chilean second-division side Deportes Santa Cruz, and he could follow in the footsteps of Alexis Sanchez by representing the Gunners- although he may not get the chance to play alongside his national hero.

So who is he?

17-year-old Allende was first noticed during the U17 World Cup back in 2015, where Allende captained his side to the Round of 16 stage, and has been nurtured by former side Cobreloa- who also produced former QPR forward Eduardo Vargas.

Dubbed by many to be the best up-and-coming youngster from Chilean football, who are enjoying a huge rise following back-to-back Copa America victories, Allende could become a huge player at the Emirates Stadium if his development go smoothly.

Should he arrive in North London, Allende is at the age where he could represent the first-team fairly swiftly but Arsenal are unlikely to be in any sort of rush to push the youngster into the limelight.