Arsenal 15-year-old Marcelo Flores featured heavily for Mexico as they finished as runners-up to Argentina in the Montaigu Tournament concluding this week.

Marcelo Flores with Mexico 2
Marcelo Flores with Mexico in the Montaigu Tournament final against Argentina

Mexico’s u16s were drawn in a very tough group in the French tournament, with Brazil, France and Spain as their Group A opponents. Nonetheless, they ended up coming out on top after wins against Brazil and Spain and a narrow 2-1 defeat to France.

Arsenal’s Marcelo Flores featured in all three group games, coming off the bench in the second half of each to play on the right-hand side. Flores’ performances clearly impressed the Mexico head coach, who then selected him for the starting lineup in the final against Argentina.

Mexico took a 1-0 lead before Flores was substituted in the second half. Unfortunately, they then went on to concede and lose on penalties without him, so it was a disappointing end to a very positive tournament for the Arsenal youngster.

Marcelo Flores after signing for Arsenal (Photo via Instagram / FloresSilvana_)
Marcelo Flores after signing for Arsenal (Photo via Instagram / FloresSilvana_)

Flores signed for Arsenal from Ipswich Town recently, with reports that he’d done so last summer, but official confirmation and signing photos only emerging last month.

Flores wasn’t the only Arsenal youngster to feature in the Montaigu Tournament, with Daniel Oyegoke and Charlie Patino both playing for England. Patino scored once and Oyegoke won a penalty as the England side finished in third place. The trio will hopefully return to Arsenal refreshed after a pretty successful tournament for them all.