Arsenal have made their first signing of the January switch window, bringing Lino Da Cruz Sousa to the membership from West Bromwich Albion. 
Sousa, who was extraordinarily extremely considered at West Brom, reportedly caught the attention of plenty of top-flight sides however Arsenal have received the race for his signature.
We’ve introduced you the lowdown on Arsenal’s newest signing, who has already begun coaching along with his new team-mates.

Who is he?
Born in January 2005, Sousa was snapped up by native facet West Brom at a younger age and has labored his manner by means of the youth sides.
The defender, who solely turned 16 in 2021, has been taking part in two years above his age group and scored two targets in 16 Under-18 Premier League appearances final season. He was additionally a part of the West Brom squad that reached the FA Youth Cup semi-finals in 2021.
He even made his Premier League 2 debut in February 2021, taking part in the total 90 minutes in a 3-2 defeat towards Newcastle United’s Under-23s. 
Sousa was first known as up to an England coaching camp in March 2020 and has represented the Three Lions at Under-16 stage, taking part in in friendlies towards Wales and Northern Ireland in 2021. 
But he’s additionally half Brazilian due to his household and can be eligible to signify the Selecao if they known as him up to the senior squad earlier than England. 

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Where he performs?
Sousa primarily performed as a left-back for West Brom’s youth sides and is famend for his dribbling capacity and shut management. He’s additionally proven unbelievable versatility, taking part in as a left centre-back or as a left-winger. 
According to Football.London, Arsenal’s academy chief Per Mertesacker had earmarked the left-back place as one specific space the place the Gunners wanted to strengthen at their academy stage.
In regards to the primary staff, Kieran Tierney has established himself as Arsenal’s first-choice left-back however has usually had spells on the sidelines due to damage issues.
Nuno Tavares, who acts as Tierney’s back-up, has had a fairly combined begin to his Arsenal profession and was lately subbed off within the first half of their FA Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest.
Third-choice left-back Sead Kolasinac additionally seems set to depart the Gunners on a free switch on the finish of the season.
Sousa will undoubtedly spend time engaged on his sport within the Arsenal academy however might take a look at making his senior debut within the subsequent two years.

What they’ve mentioned
“Lino’s an athletic full-back, reads the sport effectively, has a beautiful left foot and it’s not usually a 16-year-old performs a complete season with the 18s, however that’s credit score to him as a result of he has so much potential,” West Brom Under-18s supervisor Peter Gilbert mentioned in 2021.

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