Ismet Lushaku is still hoping to play for Arsenal in the future, despite putting his trial at the club on hold during the current pandemic.
19-year-old Lushaku currently plays for AFC Eskilstuna, where he caught the eye of Arsenal scouts. He was meant to have a trial in February but ended up delaying to play cup games with his current club.
Arsenal then decided to further delay the rescheduled March trial due to coronavirus. Lushaku is clearly still hoping to get another chance, though. Speaking to KTV (via Arsenal Youth), he admitted he’s keen on a move.
“It would be something great to play for a club like Arsenal,” Lushaku said.
The player is now hoping to train with the u23s over the summer and earn a contract. He also has an offer from Wolves, as well as links in the media to Southampton and Villarreal.
Lushaku isn’t the first young player to have a trial with Arsenal in 2020. Tyger Smalls and George Lewis also spent time with the club this year. We’ll see if any of the three end up joining this summer.
Who is Ismet Lushaku?
Lushaku made himself a regular in the Swedish first division last campaign. He made 12 appearances from May to August, as well as his four cup appearances so far. He scored his first goal from central midfield in February.
Unfortunately, he dropped out of the starting lineup in the final two months of the season as Eskilstuna succumbed to relegation. He only made one substitute appearance in their final eight games (in their only win).
The player also made his first senior international appearance for Kosovo in January, coming off the bench for 32 minutes against Sweden – funnily enough. The teenager was born in Sweden, hence ending up in their youth system.