Charlton Athletic defender Joe Gomez is understood to be courting attention from Arsenal after attracting admiring glances from a host of Premier League scouts during his breakthrough season with the Championship club.
The England U19 international has made 17 league appearances in England's second tier this term, the most recent of those coming on Tuesday night as the Addicks' drew 1-1 with Fulham at The Valley.
According to the Daily Telegraph, representatives from the Emirates Stadium will continue to keep a close eye on Gomez's development with a view to a prospective bid for the talented teenager's signature.
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The Gunners have maintained a good relationship with Charlton ever since they loaned them former midfielder Alex Song in 2007, during the Cameroon international's formative years in north London.
It's understood that helped them to complete a deal to sign Addicks academy graduate Carl Jenkinson in 2011, and Gomez could go on to follow in the West Ham United loanee's footsteps by negotiating a move to Arsenal in the future.
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Earlier this season Francis Coquelin - now a mainstay in Arsene Wenger's starting line-up - was sent to Charlton on a temporary deal before being recalled in December following injury to Mikel Arteta.
The Addicks will probably be reminded of that favour should Arsenal step up their interest in Gomez when the transfer window reopens this summer, with the possible promise of more emerging young players becoming available to Guy Luzon on loan next season.
For now the 17-year-old will remain in the Royal Borough of Greenwich to continue his development, with the opportunity of playing regular first-team football.
However, don't be surprised to see the Gunners come back for the player at the end of the season, particularly if one of his other suitors lodge a rival offer.
Gomez has been operating at right-back for Charlton this season, but his long-term position is viewed as being in the centre of defence. His versatility could prove to be a valuable attribute in the years ahead, and one that is unlikely to be lost on Wenger.
Arsenal fans: How much do you know about England youth international Joe Gomez? Should Arsene Wenger sign him this summer? Or does Carl Jenkinson's struggles in north London over the past few years prove it's a move that won't pay off? Share your thoughts below…
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