By Rob Kelly
Josh Rees admits that seeing some of his reserves team-mates get their chance in the Arsenal first team this season has given him hope for the future.
The 18-year-old has been in impressive form for both the Under-18s and Neil Banfield’s side this term, catching the eye with a series of energetic, goalscoring displays.
While he is happy to bide his time before making his breakthrough, Rees says seeing the likes of Nico Yennaris, Ignasi Miquel and Oguzhan Ozyakup in the first team is an inspiration to him.
“I have been playing with the likes of Nico since I was eight or nine so I am so happy when people like him, Ozzy, Chuks and Iggy get their chance in the first team, like they have this season,” Rees told Arsenal.com.
“I want to get more reserve-team starts this season and add to the results that the team are gettng, and also get a good run with the Under-18s and aim for the Academy League title.
“I want to make as many appearances as I can leading into next season. Hopefully next year I will have a good pre-season and see if I can force my way into the boss's first-team plans.”
Rees admits he is not short on inspiration when he looks around the Club, and hopes to follow in the footsteps of another famous Academy graduate.
“I really admire Jack Wilshere, even though he hasn't played this season,” he said. “In terms of where he has come from, I can relate to that - he is a fantastic midfielder.
“I have been impressed with Mikel Arteta too, especially in the Tottenham game. I was watching it from a midfielder's point of view, and he has great workrate and the quality to match.”Copyright 2017 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