Height: 6ft 1ins
Weight: 12st 1lb
Training your mind is as important as training your body, insists 18 year-old Jordan Wynter. “I think the area that I have improved on the most this season has been my mental strength. I play with more belief, which together with the fitness and strength work, as well as all the technical training, makes me a better player when compared to last season.
“I have also found that attitude counts for so much, especially in the position that I play. I admire Emmanuel Frimpong for the aggression he brings with his game. I am looking to bring more of that into the way I play and while I have some way to go still, what I have noticed is that when you are more aggressive, it definitely makes you more effective.
"It puts your opponent on the back foot. Emmanuel has always intimidated opponents and even when playing in the first team against older more experienced players, they know that they are in a game because he is all over them.”
The second year scholar spent most of last season playing as a right-back, but this year he has mainly operated in his preferred central holding midfield role. “It is where I have played for most of my career, but I found that playing as a right-back helped me develop some of the tactical aspects of my game, which I now use in my central role,” he explains.
“For example, as a right-back I learnt more about showing your opponent into an area where you want them to go. In midfield I am able to work with my full-backs and players on my team to guide opponents to where we want them, almost like a trap.”
Jordan has had a good run in the Under-18s this season and is looking to be more involved in the Reserves, but the FA Youth Cup exit was a big blow to the team and personally for the young Gunner.
“I was devastated, not only because I felt frustrated by our performance, but being 18 meant that it was my last chance in the competition. Previous Arsenal teams have done well in the Cup and have told us about how it is a great experience.
“The chance to play at the Emirates in front of the cameras for us to showcase what we can do has now gone. The big frustration is that we could and should have won the game in the first-half but if I am honest, as a team Derby seemed to want it more and I believe that in the end that was the big difference.
“I hope we have learned lessons from that and we can come back after the break. We have lost our last two in the league, but are still in with a good chance of winning it if we apply ourselves properly. We have to show the determination and desire that is needed to get on another good winning run again and I think the Christmas break has come at the right time for us to rest and come back with a fresh, determined attitude,” says Jordan, who is also motivated by winning himself a professional contract.
“That is on my mind but as an encouragement. I do not let it dwell as a negative thought, I use it to keep myself inspired to achieve a contract with my club, it’s a positive pressure that I thrive on.”
Three teams you played for before Arsenal?
Oaks Park High School, Redbridge United and Redbridge District
Best piece of advice?
To never give up.
Best moment in football before joining Arsenal?
Playing football with team mates at my Sunday team
Team supported as a boy?
Pretended to be in playground?
Other sports good at at school?
Favourite kids’ TV show?
Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Most influential in career?
Clubs interested in signing you before Arsenal?
No others, just Arsenal
Favourite item of clothing?
Favourite car in the world?
Bentley (all black)
Current Arsenal role model?
Best thing about being at Academy?
Getting the chance to see first team players and to train with them
Three words to describe you as a player?
Powerful, tactical, brave
Three words to describe you as a person?
Quiet, wise, humble
Most talented team-mate?