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Arsenal youngster scores on debut vs MK Dons after Mikel Arteta first-team promotion

Arsenal youngster Mark McGuinness enjoyed a fine pre-season outing for the first-team against MK Dons.

The 19-year-old was brought off the bench in the warm up clash that ended in a comprehensive victory for the Gunners, just four days before their Community Shield tie against Liverpool at Wembley.

The Republic of Ireland Under-19 international, who stands at 6ft 4in, has been training with the first team for some time, and he could be seen as a potential future starter by Mikel Arteta.

The English born centre-back has been on the books at the club for nine years already, and his goal in their friendly certainly caught the eye of supporters on Twitter.

Mark McGuinness scored a powerful header against MK Dons this week
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One fan wrote: “He got over the ball so he didn’t hit it over. Perfect technique.”

Another added:” Feels like the Per Mertesacker goal during the FA cup final.”

A third said: “First team CBs take notes.”

With a fourth saying: “Some header this.”

Arsenal youngster Mark McGuinness could play a part under Mikel Arteta this season
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Arteta has been open about is desire to lower the average age of his squad since he replaced Unai Emery, and the club have since made moves in the transfer market.

Willian joined on a free transfer from Chelsea and centre back Gabriel, 22, is set to sign over the coming days.

Arteta said of the Brazilian defender on Friday: “Everything is okay when both parties sign.

“Sometimes that in the last stages isn’t easy but we are pretty positive we can do it.

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