George Lewis expects imminent progress on his potential move to Arsenal, and he explains how he managed to get on their radar in the first place.

George Lewis with Arsenal (Photo via
George Lewis with Arsenal (Photo via

Arsenal took 19-year-old left-winger George Lewis on trial in March, right before the football shutdown.

The player and his agent both seem very sure it will lead to a permanent deal, though there’s no official word just yet. Reports in the English media also confirm a deal is ‘now close’, though.

Lewis recently told the Norwegian media we should hear something soon, and explained the circumstances of his trial.

“I think you will see something coming in a few days or weeks,” Lewis told Nettavisen in an interview this month. “They (Arsenal) saw me play here at home in Tromsø during iTromsø Cup this winter.

“I trained with the A team (on trial at Arsenal). It was huge. That’s the only thing I can say now.”

Lewis wouldn’t comment specifically on whether Arsenal plan to sign him. When asked, he responded: “Unfortunately I cannot comment on this at this time. I can’t actually say anything about it now.”

The teenager is right-footed and can play on either wing. The suggestion is that he’ll join up with Steve Bould’s u23s, at least at first. He is a skilful and pacey winger, but he still has some work to do on his decision making. Unsurprising, given his age.

Arsenal do lack wide options on the left, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang playing out of position and a very young supporting cast (Nelson, Saka, Martinelli). Perhaps that will provide an opening for Lewis.