Arsenal wonderkid sends Mikel Arteta clear message after training conversation with five goals

Arsenal academy striker Chido Obi-Martin
Arsenal youngster Chido Obi-Martin has now scored 20 goals this season -Credit:Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

Arsenal starlet Chido Obi-Martin was at it once again as he scored four times inside 45 minutes against West Ham Under-18s on Saturday morning. The 16-year-old, already playing up the age groups, added more in the second half as well.

His sensational start to the game - which included a hat-trick inside 26 minutes with just 13 between his first and third goal - took his tally for the season up to 20 in just 14 Under-18 Premier League games with two assists as well.

Already this season he has scored four in a game for Denmark Under-16s in 69 minutes, a hat-trick against Southampton, and four more in 90 minutes against both Crystal Palace and Fulham. His last five games have now brought about 16 goals for the young Gunners.

Obi-Martin rose to mainstream prominence for an even greater achievement in November, though. He bagged ten in a huge 14-3 win over Liverpool's Under-16s. At the time he was still 15.

He has been rewarded for his form as well, training with Mikel Arteta's senior squad at times. As the next gem to come out of the Hale End academy, Obi-Martin is ready to follow in the footsteps on Bukayo Saka, Eddie Nketiah, and Emile Smith Rowe, as he pledges himself to the club moving forward.

“I would like to stay at Arsenal for a long time," he told Danish site bold.DK. "It's a good club, I can feel that I'm getting much better in training. There are a lot of good people and good coaches, so I'm really happy to be there.

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“Maybe I will have to play permanently at Under-21 from next season. There aren't that many strikers in the squad so it will be a good opportunity for me. Arsenal is a club that gives young talents the opportunity to play.”

Obi-Martin has already played for the Under-21 side this year despite not turning 16 until November 2023. He is a former Copenhagen academy player.

The performance of he and his teammates against the Hammers was made even more impressive when considering that they are still below their rivals in the table. They finished the game with a remarkable 8-1 win after goals from Osman Kamara and Dan Casey added to Obi-Martin's five.

Arsenal are currently third, now five behind West Ham with a game in hand. Chelsea look set to win the league and have a large lead at the top as well as three games in hand on West Ham, two on Chelsea.

Obi-Martin looks set to have a long and successful career ahead of him where there will be more chances to win silverware. “I have trained six times with the first team, so we have talked, but it has not been a big deal,” he explained of his experience in the senior setup during the 2023/24 campaign. “He just praises me all the time and says nice things, so it's very nice. Of course it makes me proud.”

Ian Wright is a big fan too. "Chido Obi-Martin, he's 15, honestly, he's like 6 foot 2, he looks really quick," the club legend said earlier this season.