Arsenal teen defender starlet could solve Emirates injury crisis

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Arsenal defender starlet Sead Hajrovic could solve the defensive injury crisis at the Emirates.

The 17-year-old defender has rapidly risen through the ranks at the Emirates, and even captained the Arsenal second string in the 2-2 draw against Chelsea last week in the absence of Ignasi Miquel.

Captain of the Switzerland U18 side, Hajrovic has impressed in Steve Bould's academy side, and told the official Arsenal website that he's even surprised himself with a rapid rise through the ranks.

“It’s a big step, I couldn’t imagine being in the Reserves this quickly,” said Hajrovic.

“I started at centre back when I first came to Arsenal but it is good for my development to learn to play in both positions."

Hajrovic has been adapting to life in the full back position in Neil Banfield's young side, but with an injury crisis taking hold of the Arsenal defence at the current time the player could be shot into first team contention.


It would be a rapid rise to prominence were Arsene Wenger to gamble on the teenager, but needs must for the Gunners at the present time and Hajrovic could now be in contention for a chance at the Emirates.

With injuries to Johan Djourou, Thomas Vermaelen and Sebastien Squillaci decemating Arsenal at the centre half position and the transfer window now closed, Wenger will have to trust his current squad.

Were Hajrovic to feature, his journey would be complete from Grasshoppers Zurich youngster to first team professional for Arsenal.

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