Arsenal hand South American wonderkid contract chance

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Arsenal have handed a one-week trial to South American wonderkid Leomar Pinto, reports talkSPORT.

16-year-old Pinto currently plies his trade for Caracas and represented Venezuela at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates last Autumn - an event in which Gunners scouts reportedly watched him perform.

Despite Pinto's country performing rather dismally at the tournament and finishing rock bottom of Group D with three defeats in three and a goal difference of -7, Arsenal's representatives clearly identified something promising in the player's individual displays and he will now fight to win himself a deal with the North London side.

"[Arsenal] saw me and immediately got in touch with my mum and my club to ask," Pinto said of his trial to Lider en Deports in an interview that was quoted by talkSPORT.

"Everything was talked about and they gave me this valuable opportunity. First I’m at Arsenal for one week. I’ll try and find out what the environment is like there. 

"They want to see me and then they will decide if they get to an agreement with Caracas to stay. It will be this week in England and I will return on 2nd March to rejoin activities with Caracas."

Pinto, who is yet to make that many appearances for his club, clearly has a lot of motivation to make the best of such an opportunity.

He added: "This was a dream of my dad that I achieve something like this."

If indeed Pinto is to impress during his short trial, he probably couldn't wish to land at a better club to suit his needs.

Arsenal, who are still in the very thick of the 2013/14 Premier League title after years in a a frugal wilderness, have a fantastic reputation for developing youngsters and giving them a chance to impress in the first team.

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