Top Arsenal youth talent called up by Denmark

Mika Biereth with the Arsenal u23s (Photo via Arsenal Academy on Twitter)
Mika Biereth with the Arsenal u23s (Photo via Arsenal Academy on Twitter)

Arsenal academy summer signing Mika Biereth has received his first international call-up from Denmark for their u19s.

Mika Biereth with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal.com)
Mika Biereth with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal.com)

The Danish Football Association confirmed their list of October call-ups for the Denmark u19s this week, and Arsenal’s Mika Biereth made the list.

Biereth was one of just three players on the list to be receiving his first Denmark u19 call-up, with the rest having previously featured for the side at least once. He’ll now join the squad for the October 4th-12th break.

It’s an interesting development, given Biereth was born and raised in England. It was previously assumed by outsiders that he would play for the English youth teams, but he reportedly has Danish citizenship and can therefore opt for Denmark instead.

It would be a big get for Denmark if they landed the centre-forward talent. Biereth has four goals and one assist in his five Premier League 2 appearances this season, after topping the charts for goals and assists in the u18 Premier League last campaign.

Biereth scored a fantastic hat-trick against Chelsea at the weekend, and he told this week’s pre-match Arsenal programme that he actually spent some time with Chelsea as a young player.

“I’ve almost always been a striker, apart from a short spell on trial at Chelsea when I was still quite young,” Biereth said. “They looked at my athleticism and moved me to right back. I ended up leaving because I didn’t really enjoy playing there.”

Watching Biereth playing up front, it’s bizarre that Chelsea wouldn’t have given him more of a chance in that position. They certainly got a first-hand look at what he can do on Sunday.