Arsenal are keeping tabs on the talented 17-year-old Marcelo Allende, who impressed during a recent two-week trial at the club, according to The Sun.
Marcelo Allende volvió hace semanas a Chile desde Arsenal, para la preparación de la sub20 para el Sudamericano 2019 pic.twitter.com/DTjEbAaDBt
— Arsenal Chile (@ArsenalChile) August 26, 2016
The North London club sent scouts to monitor the young midfielder’s progress, with the teenager starring as captain of Chile’s under-17 side as they reached the last 16 of the 2015 World Cup.
Having started his career with Sporting Santa Cruz, who count current Gunner Alexis Sanchez as one of their former players, Allende recently joined another Chilean team, Cobreloa, where he continues to catch Arsene Wenger’s eye.
Whilst on trial at Arsenal, the youngster sought the advice of Sanchez, who suggested that he bulk up, especially if he is to cope with the rigours of the English game.
At 5ft 4ins, Allende may struggle to impose himself physically on opponents, however, his technical ability means that he is more than capable of holding his own when out on the pitch.
Considered to be on of Chile’s brightest prospects, the midfielder will be the latest in a long line of players to have benefitted from working under Wenger, famous for placing his faith in youth.
Hector Bellerin and Alex Iwobi are two examples of young players that have come through the club’s youth system and gone on to form a vital part of the senior side.