Arsenal starlet’s are getting some reasonable chance in Europe with the Gunners featuring in Europa League. One of the upcoming name from Hale End academy – Ben Sheaf, is the most recent youngster to get fans excited.
Name: Ben Sheaf
Date of Birth: 5 February, 1998
Height: 6 ft 1 in
Playing Position: Midfielder
Jersey Number: 65
Ben Sheaf joined Arsenal Hale End academy in 2014. He originally took his early steps with West Ham United. Having joined Arsenal, he is seen as one of the upcoming heroes into the game with his technicality and ability.
Having represented England youth team at various levels, he even has established himself at Arsenal youth academy in no time.
First Team Debut
Ben Sheaf was named on the bench for League Cup fixture against Sheffield Wednesday, but remained unused.
In Europa League fixture against Red Star Belgrade on 19 October 2017 he replaced Francis Coquelin in the 89th minute to make his first team debut for Arsenal.
What makes him dangerous?
Ben Sheaf plays at the centre of the park, and is one of the most technical player coming up the ranks in England. Arsene Wenger was quoted praising his abilities ,“always ahead of the game”.
Ben is someone who likes to leave oppositions defence to dead, with charging in regularly and passing those ‘aww’ balls that beats defence at ease.
Only proven problem with Sheaf is his consistency, his goal scoring form is rather poor but if stays consistent is a constant threat in any fixture.
Arsene Wenger –
“He has that kind of mental strength as well. A typical British way of handling things, facing the difficulties with a very cool and intelligent way,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.
“There is something in him that I believe will allow him to progress always.
“Because he analyses well what’s happening to him, he assesses well what is going on and that’s why I believe he will have a good career.”