View: Arsenal teen Omari Hutchinson’s Jamaica debut is a testament to his talent
By Nnamdi Onyeagwara
Arsenal youngster Omari Hutchinson recently made his debut for the Jamaican national team before even making a first-team appearance for the Gunners.
He started against a strong Catalonia side in a friendly match and despite being convincingly beaten on the day, the Hale End starlet’s inclusion was a huge positive for him.
During the game, the London-born winger showed moments of youthful in-experience and lively energy.
Hutchinson, who is 18, has been a source of excitement for Arsenal fans for a couple of years now.
He took part in a football tournament in South London that was hosted by footballing icon Pele at the age of 12.
He was shown to a whole new audience in 2016 when he featured on a F2Freestylers video.
The video showcased Hutchinson demonstrating his quick feet, audacious first touches and skills beyond his years to four million viewers, a large percentage of them being giddy Arsenal fans.
Six years later, Hutchinson is rapidly readying himself to reach the potential he has shown since he was still in primary school.
He is a nimble, left-footed winger who has naturally fitted onto the right-wing and is adept in cutting onto his left foot and scoring devastating goals in a Bukayo Saka-esque manner.
The Jamaican international, who began his career at Charlton Athletic, made 22 appearances in the Premier League 2 last season, scoring eight and assisting seven.
He featured in some pre-season games in the summer of 2021 and has been named on the bench a couple of times for the first team but as of now is yet to feature for the first team in a competitive match.
The club will be hoping to slowly ease Hutchinson into the team, with a loan surely pending in the near future, but if nurtured and educated correctly, the Gunners could have a real player on their hands.
In other Arsenal news, the Gunners have plans for William Saliba.