Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta to promote Omari Hutchinson to first team with 18-year-old impressing Pele

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta could hand Omari Hutchinson a first-team debut with 18-year-old named on the bench for Brentford match… with starlet already lauded by legend Pele for his ‘amazing’ freestyle skills

  • Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta named Omari Hutchinson on the bench on Saturday
  • London-born attacking midfielder was added to squad for Brentford game 
  • He has previously been an unused sub for Arteta’s side in recent weeks 
  •  Brazil legend Pele has been left ‘speechless’ by the 18-year-old wonderkid
  • Dubbed the ‘next Bukayo Saka’, he has been on the bench on several occasions


Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has promoted Omari Hutchinson and could hand the youngster his Premier League debut on Saturday after Brazil legend Pele claimed the teenager’s ‘freestyle skills’ were amazing.

Hutchinson, 18, could be next in line for the Gunners with Arteta never been one to shy away of giving youth a chance at the Emirates Stadium.

He has been named among the Arsenal substitutes for their home game with Brentford on Saturday afternoon.

The attacking midfielder has been named amongst Arsenal’s substitutes on several occasions but it yet to make his first team debut under the Spaniard. 

Omari Hutchinson could be next in line to make his Arsenal debut under boss Mikel Arteta

Omari Hutchinson could be next in line to make his Arsenal debut under boss Mikel Arteta

The 18-year-old attacker has also impressed Brazil legend Pepe due to his 'freestyle skills'

The 18-year-old attacker has also impressed Brazil legend Pepe due to his ‘freestyle skills’

That could well change, though, with Hutchinson named on the bench ahead of Arsenal’s clash at home against Brentford, in place of Gabriel Martinelli who is suspended following a red card licked up in the win over Wolves.

Arteta has given the likes of Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe the chance to shine, and both have thrived under the managers guidance and proved they have what it takes at the highest level.

Charlie Patino is another who has been given the opportunity having made his bow earlier in the season, with Hutchinson set to follow suit.

Boss Arteta has already given Charlie Patino, 18, the chance to impress on several occasions

Boss Arteta has already given Charlie Patino, 18, the chance to impress on several occasions

He has been amongst the substitutes three times this campaign, against Burnley in the league, Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup and Liverpool in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final.

Hutchinson met Pele at a futsal tournament hosted by the World Cup winner in south London, and left the Brazilian ‘speechless’. 

‘We finished the tournament and all the teams came round in a huddle, and the F2 Freestylers came out and started showcasing their skills,’ Hutchinson told Goal in 2021.

‘They asked one member from each team to come out and do a skill and all the boys were saying ‘go on Omari, go on!’

‘So I went up there and did it. They gave me the ball and I just started doing my skills. When we got a picture with Pele afterwards, he said something like ‘that was amazing’ in his Brazilian accent. 

Pele lauded the talents of Hutchinson after the futsal tournament hosted in south London

Pele lauded the talents of Hutchinson after the futsal tournament hosted in south London

Hutchinson has five goals and five assists in 13 Premier League 2 matches so far this season

Hutchinson has five goals and five assists in 13 Premier League 2 matches so far this season

‘Then later on that night, Jeremy Lynch from the Freestylers called my mum and said he wanted to do a video with us.

‘So I did the video and it just went viral from there.’

Hutchinson has netted five goals and contributed to five assists in 13 Premier League 2 matches so far this season, and also scored twice in four Papa John’s Trophy outings. 

The youngster could be handed his Premier League debut against Brentford on Saturday

The youngster could be handed his Premier League debut against Brentford on Saturday

He also impressed after the Gunners’ under-23 side came from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 against Leicester, with Hutchinson heading home in stoppage time whilst setting up the other two. 

Should he be given the opportunity this weekend, then the youngster will grab the chance with both hands and look to prove his worth on the biggest stage of all.

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