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Arsenal interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg invited two Nigerian teenagers to train with the first team ahead of Thursday night’s Premier League match against Brighton & Hove at the Emirates Stadium in London, according to reports.
Versatile defender Tobi Omole and 19-year-old central midfielder James Olayinka were both pictured training with the Gunners first team stars such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil, Lucas Torreira, Nicolas Pépé and Kieran Tierney on Wednesday at London Colney.
England U19 international Bukayo Saka is more or less part of Arsenal’s first-team set up these days and the winger was also involved in the workout.
Ahead of a potential debut, Olayinka has trained with Arsenal’s first team in recent weeks, including during the last international break when Unai Emery was still in charge of the North London club.
Omole has also been involved with the first team before, with Arsene Wenger observing him at close quarters ahead of a Premier League game against Watford in March 2018.
Aged 19 and born in London, Omole is capable of playing as a central defender, defensive midfielder and left-back.
He has featured three times in the Premier League 2 and twice in the EFL Trophy this season.