Arsenal injury news: Mikel Arteta considers 17-year-old debut vs West Ham

Arsenal's Spanish manager Mikel Arteta (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal's Spanish manager Mikel Arteta (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images) /

In today’s Arsenal injury news – Mikel Arteta forced to consider a 17-year-old’s debut against West Ham in the EFL Cup tonight.

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Arsenal injury news – Myles Lewis-Skelly debut is possible to replace Thomas Partey

As per TBR Football, Mikel Arteta has called up the 17-year-old midfielder Lewis Myles-Skelly to the first team ahead of Arsenal’s EFL Cup fixture against West Ham away from home tonight. The midfielder, who has been knocking on the door of the first team for some time now, will hope to make an appearance in the EFL Cup, even if it’s only from the bench.

Given the Thomas Partey injury, there has never been a better time for the 17-year-old to be called up to the first team. Certainly, he’s proved in the youth setup that he has what it takes to play in the first team.

I don’t think he will start in this match, since the likes of Jorginho, Declan Rice, Martin Odegaard and Kai Havertz are all ahead of him in the pecking order. However, should the game call for a burst of youthful energy, then Mikel Arteta would have received words from his academy staff that Myles-Skelly is best placed to provide that.

The other players who are thought to be out of contention for Mikel Arteta are Gabriel Jesus (although, Arteta hasn’t given much away with Jesus) with a short-term injury and Jurrien Timber with a long-term injury.

What do you make of today’s Arsenal injury news and who makes your Arsenal starting eleven to face West Ham in the EFL Cup this evening?