As Arsenal gears up for a crucial clash against Manchester City at Etihad Stadium, 19-year-old Mauro Bandeira may find himself in the visiting team’s matchday lineup.
The tenacious central midfielder has been seen training with the first team ahead of Arsenal’s 3-3 draw against Southampton. With the upcoming match against Manchester City possibly determining the title race, Bandeira might make it onto his team’s roster.
Granit Xhaka’s participation in the match remains uncertain, as Arsenal’s manager Mikel Arteta expressed doubts to Football.London regarding Xhaka’s availability.
A loss to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City could potentially secure the title for the home team.
An Arsenal youth team expert has suggested that Bandeira could be included in the matchday squad for the crucial encounter against Manchester City. The expert tweeted, “Mauro Bandeira has been training with the first team a lot recently, so he could be in contention to be in the squad tomorrow.”
However, the expert also noted that if Xhaka returns, there may not be room for an academy player like Bandeira. Interestingly, Football Fan Cast has labeled the young midfielder as the “next Xhaka.”
This doesn’t necessarily guarantee Bandeira a surprise start, but the possibility of being part of the squad for such a high-stakes match could boost his confidence. Experiencing these intense situations first-hand could offer valuable insights into what it takes to excel at the highest level, particularly if the manager shows faith in his potential contribution to the game.