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Kaylen Hinds: Arsenal's next teen sensation

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Hinds has the world at his feet... (©GettyImages)
Hinds has the world at his feet... (©GettyImages).

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has become renowned for plucking up-and-coming foreign talents from leagues all across Europe, transforming them into world-beaters.

Thierry Henry, Robin van Persie, Cesc Fabregas - the list is endless. Now though, Wenger has unearthed the latest prospect dubbed the 'next big thing' - only this time, he's English.

Kaylen Hinds - a 15-year-old teen sensation tipped for stardom. He's just the latest prospect to come off the seemingly endless conveyer belt of talent at the Emirates, having made a late cameo appearance for Arsenal's under-19s as they took on Marseille last night.

Hinds will be hoping he can follow in the footsteps of fellow academy graduate and full England international Jack Wilshere - the Arsenal icon has progressed through the ranks and successfully cemented his position as one of the most important players at the club.

So, with Hinds aspiring to emulate the Arsenal midfielder, GiveMeSport take a closer look at the one-time Manchester United target.

Kaylen Hinds: In-profile

At 14 years of age, the in-demand Leyton Orient striker was at the centre of a three-way tug-of-war between Fulham, Arsenal and Manchester United, all of whom had been linked with a six-figure move for the sought-after starlet.

While Hinds preference was a switch to Old Trafford, he eventually plumped for a move across London to Arsenal, with the opportunity to stay closer to home the reason behind the transfer.

Since then, Hinds has gone from strength-to-strength - he impressed with his work rate and physical maturity at such a young age and after making a handful of appearances for the under-18s in his debut season at the club, was rewarded with more starts this campaign.

A call-up to England under-16s soon followed, while the substitute appearance for Arsenal's youth team in Marseille capped off a remarkable start to life in north London.

Although his outing only lasted five minutes in Arsenal's impressive 4-1 victory over their French counterparts, Hinds' rise has been as rapid as it has been spectacular.

And as the Daily Mail neatly summarise: "So, watch out Arsene Wenger, you've got another one coming through.

"Nurture him successfully and make another star".

With Hinds one of many young talents coming through at the Emirates, the future for Arsenal is looking very bright indeed.

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