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Arsenal star Marcelo Flores joins Real Oviedo on season-long loan transfer to get 18-year-old first-team experience | The Sun

ARSENAL youngster Marcelo Flores has joined Real Oviedo on a season-long loan.

The attacking midfielder, 18, is yet to make his debut for the Gunners.

But he was part of the matchday squad against Crystal Palace last season which suggests Mikel Arteta rates him.

Before he is trusted in the senior team Flores will have to get some minutes under his belt, with La Liga 2 side Real Oviedo completing a deal to sign him on Wednesday.

It is a chance for Flores to get first-team minutes under his belt after being confined to the youth teams at Arsenal.

Flores joined the Gunners in 2019 after spending three years in Ipswich's academy following his move from Canada, where he is from.

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The youngster is eligible to play for Canada but has chosen Mexico instead and already has three caps.

He earned international recognition after impressing in Premier League 2 last season, scoring four goals in ten appearances.

Flores also impressed at under-18 level and will hope to follow in the footsteps of Eddie Nketiah and Emile Smith Rowe, who now have a first-team role after loan spells.

Fellow youngster Auston Trsuty has also departed on loan to Birmingham and others could leave too, including Hector Bellerin who spent last season at Real Betis.

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Lucas Torreira also looks set for another move after agreeing personal terms with Valencia ahead of a permanent transfer.

Wonderkid Omari Hutchinson has already left this summer after agreeing a contract with Chelsea.

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