Meet Arsenal youngster who scored 10 goals against Liverpool

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A vast weekend for the unusual14-goal scoreline. France winning Gibraltar 14-0 is inspiring if you
like your football embarrassments international, Var-pocked and with Olivier
Giroud bicycle kicks. Extra thrill back home for Arsenal’s under-16 side, who
beat Liverpool’s 14-3 on Saturday, 18 November, 2023. Meet Arsenal youngster who scored 10 goals against Liverpool.

Chido Obi-Martin, 15, got10 of those goals and the collection industrial compound had them on social
media within hours. There is abundance to esteem, not least Obi’s height and
air of supremacy giving the idea of Brian Glover’s schoolmaster cosplaying as
Bobby Charlton in Kes. Obi has a better touch than Glover, making his
opponents look sullen. He rounds the goalkeeper, moves past descending
defenders, heads in with authority, and ends with simplicity. He looks invulnerable.

We have of course seenalike teenage promise disappointed. The underachieving child sensation is such
a football change that the names trips off the tongue. The road to glory is besieged
with Freddie Adus, Cherno Sambas and Sonny Pikes.

There is good motiveto think that Obi will shun that fate. He has previously trained with Mikel
Arterta’s first team, a level never reached by unfortunate Sonny Pike whose
football career climbed and fell with a trial Ajax at the age of 13. Obi is not
yet featured on Football Manager, being below its minimum age of 16, so cannot
be devoted with the hopes of a million aspirant Artetas, as Samba once was. And
he has played youth football for Denmark (as well as being qualified for
Nigeria and England). As such, he does not carry the weight of a nation searching
for its Pele, like Adu.

There is an additional group of over valued footballing teen who have planetary careers. Scott Parker,
star of a McDonalds advert at 13, played for 20 years and won FWA Footballer of
the Year in 2011. Joe Cole, picked out for splendor at West Ham at about
the same age as Obi, won the Premier League three times with Chelsea and both
domestic cups. Even a player like Jermaine Pennant, who Arsenal signed at 15
for a then-record £2 million from Notts County, ultimately got to Liverpool,
Zaragoza and a Champions League final.

These are careers themajority young footballers, let alone most people, would kill for. And so far
even with someone as decorated as Cole, anyone who can remember his teenage propaganda
might feel shortchanged. This is for the reason that possible is exponential in
the imagination. It is understood any player who looks lots apart from their
opponents at youth level will go on that path. Simple to not recall that once
they reach senior football most of their equals were once also unplayable
teenage whiz kids.

Enhanced to have yourtalent known early in the game but only turn into more broadly respected once
you are playing first-team football. Erling Haaland, with whom Obi is
being hungrily measured up to already, took a intelligently low-key path. Two
years in Norway, two extra at a bigger club in Norway, two in Austria, Borussia
Dortmund and now Manchester City. No one blames him of failing to reach his latent,
because most people only became attentive of it when he was scoring often in
the Champions League.

You want your adolescence football narrated years in the outlook via unstable phone footage in a
documentary, not played out in social media highlights away from the weight of
crowds. Obi’s 10 goals this weekend came at under-16 level only as the
under-21s and 18s, who he is typically playing for these days, did not have a
game this weekend.

Football now, inparticular at a club with Arsenal’s assets, should be set up to prevent Sonny
Pike scenarios. This is if players can stay away from the irrepressible factors
which can ruin a career: major injuries, off-field disturbances or a loss of
the aggressive mania necessary to prosper. The education in football offered by
a top academy should make a career in the game practical and be holistic enough
to propose a potential away from it too. Arsenal have the unusual example in
Martin Odegaard of a player assigned for glory and playing first-team football
at 15 who live on a big stage set back (at Real Madrid) who is now prosperous in his mid-twenties anyhow.

So there is definitely cause for them to be thrilled about Chido Obi. For now, Arsenal’s fans should
try their best to overlook his name. Not anything is good for young footballers than shadows.