• Ethan Nwaneri, Reuell Walters and Lino Sousa in frame to play
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Mikel Arteta may roll the dice and give Arsenal’s latest crop of youngsters a chance as he seeks meaning in a Champions League dead rubber against PSV Eindhoven. The academy products Ethan Nwaneri, Reuell Walters and Lino Sousa travelled to the Netherlands on Monday, with all standing a realistic chance of some action on a night ripe for experimentation.

Should Nwaneri feature it would be his first appearance since becoming the club’s youngest player, attaining the same record for the Premier League, when in September 2022 he came off the bench at Brentford aged 15 years and 181 days. Given Arsenal are relatively light at full‑back there will be hope that the 18-year‑olds Walters and Sousa, who play on the right and left respectively, are blooded for their senior debuts at some stage.

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