Arsenal wonderkid Myles Lewis-Skelly has been called 'unplayable' by Jack Wilshere and has starred in FA Youth Cup run | The Sun

WITH one giant spring to head home the winner against Man City in the FA Youth Cup semi-final, Myles Lewis-Skelly showed Arsenal fans his natural ability to get into the box and score goals.

The 16-year-old wonderkid has been crucial to Jack Wilshere's team, as they aim to win the U18 tournament for the first time since their coach inspired the class of 2008.

It prompted the former England international to call the teenager "unplayable" after his dazzling display after the game.

Many have pointed out the comparisons between the two players, with Lewis-Skelly able to operate as a defensive midfield playmaker.

That's why Arsenal's rivals have been keeping tabs on the youngster, in an attempt to prise him away from the Emirates.

However, a reported agreement is already in place for Lewis-Skelly to sign a new deal the moment he turns 17.

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He will most certainly be one to watch when the Gunners face off against West Ham at the Emirates next week.

Product of Hale End

Myles has been with the club since he was just nine.

A creative player, he has the necessary qualities to play in a single pivot as a midfield controller.

But, his versatility has seen him play across the midfield in a variety of positions.

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Crucially, he's adept at dictating the tempo of a game – rare for someone of his years.

And his high football IQ, as well as his spatial awareness mean he always seems to have time on the ball, even in the most congested of midfields.

Despite his small stature, standing at 5ft8in tall, he is still strong and hard to knock off the ball.

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There is expectation that Lewis-Skelly will go on to be a first team star for club and country, having been capped by England at U17 level.

Astonishingly, he made his debut for Arsenal's U18 side when he was just 14.

Even more surprisingly, he got his name on the scoresheet – announcing himself to the world with his strike against Reading from the bench.

While he was also called up to the U21 squad recently for games against Northampton Town and Monaco.

He was used by coach Mehmet Ali at left-back, who revealed: "A good footballer can play anywhere on the pitch.

"You look at some of our first-team players like Bukayo Saka; they don’t always break through playing as a right winger, it might be as a left-back or a centre-forward playing off the sides.

"They have to be tactically flexible, technically excellent and adaptable to play for Mikel."

Wilshere has even suggested Myles could learn a thing or two from Oleksandr Zinchenko – a midfielder converted to playing as an inverted left-back.

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Wilshere told The Athletic: “I don’t think he’ll be a left-back; he’ll be a midfielder. But if we give him a little bit of everything (it will help).

“It’s important for him. You look at our first team and the way football’s going with players like Oleksandr Zinchenko, the full-back has to be able to play inside.”

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