Arsenal defender Kristopher da Graca has already impressed during his trial on-loan at BK Häcken with the player set to leave the club.

The 19-year-old joined up with the squad on Wednesday and will continue to train alongside them for the remainder of the week until travelling back to London on Monday.

Their injury concerns of late seem to come at the right time for da Graca, who has already caught the eye of new manager Mikael Stahre.

As quoted by the Swedish report Stahre said, He is here to get to know the club and we him. It’s the first time I see him, he made a good impression on me.

“He is from Gothenburg, is a good football player and extremely ball-friendly. We had no big game today that way. Ball-safe player, who is very well-oriented,” Stahre continued.

Da Graca has been tried and tested in a few roles across the pitch for Arsenal’s various age-groups since signing as a scholar in 2014. However, playing at centre-back highlighted his significant flaws when playing next to Krystian Bielik and Ben Sheaf, both of whom highly-rated youngsters. Regular minutes at u23 level became an infrequent occurrence, leaving him frustrated in his attempts to progress.

“It just did not work. I want to play, Arsenal could not give me that,” da Graca explains.

PSG were linked with an approach for him earlier in the campaign, but nothing materialised. Genoa took him on a trial period last month; which seems to have been unsuccessful.

If not, it seems the Italian outfit will have to battle out with Häcken for his signature in the summer; once his Arsenal contract expires.

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