Arsenal release 25-man Premier League squad as Arteta hints at new start for forgotten man George Lewis | The Sun
ARSENAL have released their 25-man Premier League squad and it's not short of surprises.
Manager Mikel Arteta didn't make any shock omissions but there are some surprise picks involved.
One of them is 22-year-old George Lewis, who has been added to the main list even though he has yet to make a senior appearance.
Lewis joined the Gunners in 2020 from Norwegian outfit Fram Larvik and has since been playing for the Under-21s.
The winger started strong with the reserves as he scored in a friendly against rivals Tottenham before adding another goal and assist in his first three competitive games of the 2020-2021 season.
But a couple of injury setbacks prevented him from having a further impact.
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That also cost him a loan move that would have helped him gain more first-team football experience.
However, Lewis was still offered a new contract this summer and signed a one-year deal.
The 22-year-old can't be included in the Under-21 list so this could be his final chance with the North Londoners.
Lewis is joined by fellow Arsenal academy ace Matt Smith, 21, in the main squad.
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Midfielder Smith, who has played as captain in the Under-21 side, is also still waiting for his first senior appearance.
Other key players, such as Bukayo Saka, William Saliba and Gabriel Martinelli are on the Under-21 list.
Here is who Arteta named for his Premier League squad this season:
Cedric Soares, Gabriel Magalhaes, Mohamed Elneny, Gabriel Jesus, Fabio Vieira, Rob Holding, George Lewis, Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah, Martin Odegaard, Thomas Partey, Aaron Ramsdale, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Matt Smith,Emile Smith Rowe, Kieran Tierney, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Matt Turner, Ben White, Granit Xhaka, Oleksandr Zinchenko
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