New players could be inbound at Arsenal but not the type that most Arsenal fans are expecting. 15 year old’s, Hampus Dahlquist and Jamaal Raage are both expected to be on trial at Arsenal in an attempt to bolster the our youth networks reach toward the Scandinavian regions (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, etc.). The next question becomes can they make it at Arsenal? Let’s take a closer in depth look at these two Swedish based players (or to the best of our knowledge!):
Jamaal Raage hails from IF Brommapojkarna, and is a striker that has the positional instincts to be very good at the U-15 level for Sweden. Fresh off of his first full start for the U-15’s against Finland (scoring 2 goals in the process in his first start) Jamaal was handed a trial at Arsenal in order to see if the 15 year old has what it takes to make it at Arsenal. In an interview with Jaamal after his trial he talked about the experience and what it was like to train and trial at a club like Arsenal:
“When we were with P97-national team and played as they had seen and followed me for a while. They then invited me to a week of sample games” says Jaamal.
“During the week of the Arsenal trained once per day, and played an international match and a match.”
on his trial: “It went very well for me, I’m very happy with what I performed during the week”
“It was a great week with many opportunities and it was great fun. I also got to visit some of the first-team players.”
Asked if he would like to join Arsenal if he would be approached to sign: “Absolutely, it would be a dream.”
Asked if there was any difference in the training methods between MUFC and AFC: “No, both are fantastic clubs”
Full interview link will be posted below*
On to our other trialist, Hampus Dahlquist is a 15 year old defender currently playing in IFK Gotenburg youth set up. Apart from being handed a trial at Arsenal, he is also due to have a trial at the end of the month Bayern Munich. He’s also at the same level in terms of youth international as Raage but lacks a bit more experience in terms of being capped (being only capped 2 times once off the bench and starting once). Arsenal are not the only club that are looking at young Dahlquist as Liverpool, Ajax, Manchester United, and Hamburger SV are all looking at this bright youngster from Gotenburg.
As the weeks have passed so have the trials of these two young swedes as well. According to @goonrambler (the person to first break the story and massive props to him) both have impressed and will be invited back to Arsenal again (Raage scored 2 goals and also assisted one). It’ll be interesting to watch how these two youngsters will be approached by Arsenal, whether or not Arsenal approach them with contracts heavily relies on the fact of whether they can impress the coaching staff with that second opportunity as well. With the big clubs knocking on the door we may just see 2 other swedes added to our AFC youth roster along with Kris Olsson.
Raage and Dalhquist info: http://svenskfotboll.se/landslag/p97/