Kris Olsson is enjoying every minute of the Asia tour - and says his goal against the Indonesia Dream Team has done wonders for his confidence.
The Swedish teenager was one of eight youngsters to get the opportunity to travel with the first-team squad to Indonesia, Vietnam and Japan.
The 18-year-old made the most of his chance after coming on as a second-half substitute in Jakarta when he latched on to Tomas Rosicky’s cross to score his first Arsenal goal.
“I'm delighted with the win and the run out, and I scored as well so I'm very happy,” Olsson told Arsenal Player.
“I saw that Tomas had the ball outside the box. He's got great vision and he just passed it to me. It was a great pass and not the most difficult goal I've scored.
“It's always good to score and great for your confidence as well so I'm very happy. I've found the tour really good - all the first-team players care about us younger players and I feel like one of the team.”
Going on tour with the first team may be a novel experience for the teenager, but he is taking it in his stride.
“The fans are crazy - but in a good way!” he said. “Indonesia is great and the fans are good so everything has been really enjoyable.
“I've been signing autographs and shirts - I'm not used to that so much. I also sang [an initiation] song for the team as well! I sang the Swedish national anthem. It's easy and they don't understand it so it was cool.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 15 Jul 2013