By Joe Brewin
Kristoffer Olsson will have Arsène Wenger’s words of wisdom in mind as he looks to build on his impressive pre-season performances.
The young midfielder signed his first professional contract with the Club this summer after a promising first year in the academy.
Olsson, a Sweden youth international, was called up to the first team for their friendly with Southampton and says he has heeded his manager’s advice to make the step up.
“I have spoken with the boss and he gave me some good tips,” the talented 17-year-old told Arsenal.com.
“He tells me to take fewer touches with the ball and to play it a bit quicker. Playing against Boreham Wood [on Saturday] was not the quickest of tempos but against a team like Southampton it was much quicker.
“I was just told that I would be travelling with the first team to Southampton, and that was a great experience for me.
“I look up to all of the midfielders, so the likes of Arteta, Coquelin and Rosicky in the first-team squad. I like to get on the ball a lot, not only playing at No 10 but playing a little bit further back because I like to have the whole pitch in front of me.”
Olsson played 14 times for Steve Bould’s Under-18s in his debut season before injury and illness cut his campaign short.
Now back in action and keen to impress, Olsson has set his sights on a regular place in Terry Burton’s reserves.
“I played for the Under-18s last season so the obvious target this season is to become more of a regular in the reserves,” he said. “But you never know what might happen.
“To train with the first team has been good of course and you will always develop quicker by playing with them. It all depends how I play in the reserves next season.”Copyright 2014 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 24 Jul 2012