Why Arsenal Signed 4-Year-Old Ali Salman | Skillful Little Messi

Why Arsenal Signed 4-Year-Old Ali Salman | Skillful Little Messi

October 22, 2021 0 By Sammeyposh

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Zayn Ali Salman, now five years old, became their youngest ever recruit when the north London side signed him aged four when he was still in nursery school.


He was scouted thanks to his coach Austin Schofield speaking with the youngster’s father about being pushed up to play with kids twice his age, when his ability caught the attention of an Arsenal talent spotter.

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‘We put him with kids of his age, but he was better than all of then. He was quicker and he could score and pass much better than the others,’ Schofield told BBC News.



‘I spoke with his Dad to suggest playing up, and he said “why not?”‘

Salman already has his own Instagram account with over 7,000 followers and highlight reels posted show his impressive dribbling skills already taking shape at an early age.


He won’t be short of inspiration though, with the likes of Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, Eddie Nketiah and Ainsley Maitland-Niles all products of the club’s academy now playing under Mikel Arteta.

And it seems Salman is already making a good impression on his Arsenal coaches.


‘He was doing things you shouldn’t be doing at that age,’ Arsenal scout Stephen Deans said.

‘When I saw him, I called a friend who confirmed he was four. I couldn’t believe that he is still in nursery.

‘Then I spoke to his parents and brought him to a few sessions. He is no fluke.’

It seems Arsenal fans should definitely be watching this space.

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