Amario Cozier-Duberry returned from injury to train with the Arsenal senior side this week, in an encouraging update for the academy teams.
Amario Cozier-Duberry has been one of Arsenal’s star academy players this season, hitting double figures for goals and providing plenty of assists whether he’s playing for the u18s or the u21s.
Mikel Arteta has taken notice, calling the winger up to first-team training on a regular basis and including him in the matchday squad for four Premier League fixtures and one Europa League game.
The 17-year-old is still young enough to be playing u18 football, and he’s been a key part of Jack Wilshere’s side reaching the FA Youth Cup semi-final.
As a result, it was a worry when Cozier-Duberry was forced off early with an injury against the Liverpool u21s on Monday.
Fortunately, the problem turned out to be nothing serious. Cozier-Duberry was in training with the Arsenal first team on Saturday, and he should be back in action in plenty of time for the u18s’ Emirates Stadium semi-final against Manchester City on April 4th.
Cozier-Duberry kicked off his participation in the competition with a goal and two assists against Millwall. He then scored against Newcastle United, bagged a brace against Watford, and scored another goal against Cambridge United in the quarter-finals.
If he can keep that form up for the final two rounds of the competition, the youngster could end up with one of the best-ever individual Youth Cup campaigns.
That’s not least because Manchester City have arguably the outstanding u18 side in the country. A goal against them would be Cozier-Duberry’s most important yet.