Arsenal name three youngsters in Europa League squad for Molde clash with Monlouis, Giraud-Hutchinson and Patino added

ARSENAL have named three youngsters in their Europa League squad for Molde, as Mikel Arteta has included Zane Monlouis, Omari Giraud-Hutchinson and Charlie Patino.

The youthful trio, all 17, have been added to the Gunners' Uefa squad list ahead of Thursday's game at the Emirates.

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Defender Monlouis bolsters Arteta's options with the ability to play centre-back and left-back.

Monlouis has featured on a number of occasions for the Under-18s despite still being a schoolboy.

Both he and Charlie Patino have signed professional terms in North London.

Central midfielder Patino is believed to have caught boss Arteta's eye after he moved him into first-team training in September.

Left-footed Patino has impressed with the Under-18s after arriving on Arsenal's books from Luton aged 11.

Giraud-Hutchinson is another one to look out for as he attempts to follow in the footsteps of Bukayo Saka.

Like Arsenal's No7, he can play at either left wing or left-back and is a rising talent within the club's academy set-up.

Arsenal have already beaten Dundalk and Rapid Vienna and Spanish boss Arteta explained he was fed up at the William Saliba situation.

Arteta, 38, said: "I am fed up with the situation because as you could see we tried to find a way in the last few days [of the transfer window] to give him some football.

"I explained that he needed that transition year when we decided to buy him and send him on loan to Saint Etienne, for many reasons that didn’t happen, he didn’t have that transition year and he needs to go through that.

“At the moment, with the amount of central defenders that we have in the team we had to leave him out of the [Europa League] squad, which is painful because we have some injuries and we could have used him, but it’s part of this profession.

"I don’t know [if he will go on loan in January], we certainly tried in the last few days of the transfer window to find the right club and we had it, but at the end of the day we could not make it.

"We will review his situation in the next few weeks, sit down with him as well and see what is the best thing to do. But it will depend on him and other players’ situation as well.”

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