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Arsenal Face Battle To Keep Hold Of Teenage Starlet As Two European Giants Circle

Borussia Dortmund and Marseille are keen on recruiting Arsenal teenager Ben Cottrell, according to the Sun.

The newspaper reports that the Gunners could lose the 17-year-old with the midfielder yet to sign a professional deal with the London club.

Cottrell is currently a first-year scholar at the club’s academy and foreign teams can snap up the youngster while paying a minimal compensation fee.

Dortmund are likely keen to follow up their success after signing Jadon Sancho from Manchester City last summer. The winger has become a regular fixture in the Bundesliga leader’s first team this season, leading to his first senior England cap against Croatia last month.

Cottrell may see a similar pathway to first-team football by moving abroad. However, he could equally look to Emile Smith Rowe who has broken into Arsenal’s first team under manager Unai Emery this season.

The 18-year-old has already made five senior appearances this campaign, scoring two goals, demonstrating the Gunners’ willingness to give youth a chance.

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