Arsenal leading race to sign 16-year-old promising midfielder

Gunners are considering a move for Scunthorpe United’s youngster Joey Dawson after the teenager made history at his club this campaign. Joey became the youngest footballer ever to appear in a competitive game for Scunthorpe when he came off the bench with Derby County in the League Cup at just 16 years and 75 days old.

Dawson is yet to make an appearance in a League Two fixture but has been named on the bench five times this campaign as the Iron struggle, sitting 22nd in the table. The London club are now weighing up a move for the bright youngster either in winter or next summer.

The Scunthorpe footballer’s uncle is former Spurs and England defender Michael Dawson who is still playing for Nottingham Forest in the Championship at 35-years-old, while Joey’s father, Andy, is a manager at Hull City where he used to perform as a footballer.

‘I think he’s a footballer with a lot of potentials and showed good skill during pre-season in various matches at different levels,’ said Scunthorpe coach Paul Hurst after Dawson made his debut. It was a proud moment. He has to keep his feet on the ground now, whether that’s with the first team, U23s or U18s, and keep that hunger.’

Gunners are on an eight-match unbeaten run in all tournaments with the only defeat of the campaign coming to Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League. Unai Emery’s side now sit third in the table after their victory over Bournemouth last weekend, just one point behind Premier League champions Man City.