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Arsenal signing this promising 18-year-old lower league starlet would be a smart long-term investment

READING, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: Michael Olise of Reading runs with the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Watford at Madejski Stadium on October 03, 2020 in Reading, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Why Arsenal should go for Michael Olise in January

According to The Reading ChronicleArsenal are interested in Michael Olise. A lot of teams were interested in the forward, including Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers. Reading are, however, reluctant to let the player leave on the cheap.

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Michael Olise started his footballing education in the youth ranks of Chelsea before joining Reading’s academy on a free transfer back in 2015. He initially impressed for the Berkshire outfit’s U-18 side before bursting onto the first-team picture in the Championship during the 2018-19 season.

The 18-year-old made only 4 league appearances in his debut season. He then went on to establish himself in a more prominent role last season, featuring 19 times in the English second-tier.

READING, ENGLAND – JULY 22: Michael Olise of Reading FC and George Puscas of Reading FC talk prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Swansea City at Madejski Stadium on July 22, 2020 in Reading, England.  (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Olise has started the 2020-21 season in the Championship on a bright note. The French U-18 international bagged an assist in Reading’s 2-0 victory over Derby County on the opening day of the campaign. He then followed it up with his first senior goal as the Royals beat Barnsley 2-0 at the Madejski Stadium. He is a part of the French U-18 squad and has two caps for them so far.

Arsenal should go for Olise in January

Arsenal have a decent stock of forwards after the addition of Willian, led by their talismanic captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette present as well. Add to that the likes of Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Martinelli.

READING, ENGLAND – JUNE 20: Michael Olise of Reading FC takes a kne ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Stoke City at Madejski Stadium on June 20, 2020 in Reading, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

However, Michael Olise would be one for the future given his young age. At 18, he has enough time to develop into a big player. His versatility of playing on either wing and attacking midfield will be another factor that supports him.

Also, the fact that he is regularly rubbing shoulders with the senior pros at just 18 is clearly indicative of some excellent progress and highlights a level of maturity that belies his tender years.

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Under Arteta, Olise could improve further with intricate care. He could be a shrewd bit of investment from the club as they look to rebuild under the Spaniard. Arsenal should definitely go for Michael Olise in January because he would represent a good bit of business in the current climate.

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