Watching their team crash out of the FA Cup in the Third Round had the Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern seething on Sunday afternoon. A much-changed Arsenal team, who were defending the FA Cup title, were outclassed by Championship side Nottingham Forest at The City Ground and lost 4-2.
One man in particular stood out in that game and Arsenal should certainly be making inquiries about him after seeing his potential firsthand. Ben Brereton was rightly named man of the match after he ran the Arsenal defence ragged for ninety minutes.
It is hard to believe that he is still just a teenager as he showed attacking nous beyond his years to bully Rob Holding and Per Mertesacker all game. His all-round play was exceptional and he made some incredibly clever runs into the channels to cause problems for the Arsenal defence.
And the 18-year-old even had nerves of steel to step up to take a penalty with the score at 2-1, comprehensively smashing it in to give Forest a two-goal cushion. The England youth international is rated as one of the best young strikers in the English game and he is likely to be attracting plenty of interest.
Arsenal, having seen the damage he can do firsthand, should be trying to prise him away now. The prospect of joining a top Premier League team could be tempting for Brereton and, judging by his performances when deployed as a central striker rather than a winger, he could well be given chances in the first team at Arsenal sooner rather than later.
Brereton’s stock is rising and a number of teams are likely to take interest in the teenage striker, meaning that Arsenal should move quickly to snap up their man.