By Joe Brewin
Luke Freeman believes that training with the first-team squad has taken his game up a level.
The young striker has produced a series of eye-catching performances for the Reserves and has been rewarded with the opportunity to work with Arsène Wenger’s senior players on the pitches at London Colney.
Freeman is brimming with confidence after five goals in nine starts for the second string and he admits that the step up has done him the world of good.
“It's great, you can tell the standard is a lot higher than playing with the Reserves or the youth team,” Freeman told Arsenal Player. “You feel like you learn so much even if it is in that quick hour-and-a-half training session.
“You're playing with the best players in the world so you can't not enjoy it. It is a great experience.”
Nimble and blessed with an eye for goal, Freeman revealed that comparisons have been made between him and fellow forward Andrey Arshavin.
“A lot of people say I play a bit like Arshavin so if people are saying that then maybe I look at him to see how he plays,” he said.
“But I will look at any attacking player to see what they do; their movement, pace and how they finish.”
Watch the full interview with Luke on Arsenal Player now. He discusses: starting out in football, making history for Gillingham, moving to Arsenal, working with Steve Bould and moreCopyright 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 10 Oct 2011