By Ismail Auwal

Arsenal sign a FOUR-YEAR OLD, who is still at nursery, dubbed ‘little Messi’ and has thousands watching his skill videos on Instagram, after he was scouted while playing with kids twice his age

 

Arsenal have demonstrated that it is never too early to spot future talent after the Gunners signed a four-year-old Instagram sensation dubbed ‘little Messi’.

Zayn Ali Salman, now five years old, has made history in becoming the youngest ever recruit at Arsenal after signing up for the Premier League side’s pre-Academy aged just four. 

Videos of Salman, who says his favourite team is Arsenal, producing his dazzling skills on the pitch have racked up thousands of views on Instagram, with the youngster’s balance and skill earning him comparisons to Lionel Messi

 

His old coach, Austin Schofield, told BBC News:  ‘We put him with kids of his age, but he was better than all of then. He was quicker and he could score and pass much better than the others.

‘I spoke with his Dad to suggest playing up, and he said “why not?”‘

Salman has been pictured with Arsenal’s Academy Manager Per Mertesacker, and Arsenal scout Stephen Deans says that he has taken the move in his stride. 

‘He was doing things you shouldn’t be doing at that age,’ Deans said.

“When I saw him, I called a friend who confirmed he was four. I couldn’t believe that he is still in nursery.

“Then I spoke to his parents and brought him to a few sessions. He is no fluke.’ 

Culled from mailonline

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