Colorado Rapids youngster Cole Bassett is set to train with Arsenal over the next week.
The 18-year-old central midfielder has been given the opportunity to join up with Arsenal’s U23 side, although Bassett is hoping to get the chance to join in with the first team with a number of the Gunners’ regulars away on international duty.
The Rapids, like Arsenal are owned by Stan Kroenke’s Sports & Entertainment company, and the link between the clubs has presented Bassett with the opportunity.
“As most people already know, this is my favourite club,” Bassett told the Denver Post. “I don’t know which team it will be because it’s an international break for them. Hopefully, there will be a couple of guys missing with the first team and I can get with them. But I’m just excited to get over there and show up basically.
“When Arsenal came over here and played us, you could see there are little things that they do that I just don’t quite have yet,” Bassett said. “I’m eager to learn from them. Picking up things from every player will help improve my game. It’s going to be a great learning experience.”
Bassett went to train with Freiburg last season and it’s understood the German Bundesliga side made an offer for the Littleton-born player, but Colorado resisted and kept hold of the youngster.
In his first full season as a professional Bassett, scored two goals and grabbed one assist in 20 MLS games and was selected in the MLS Homegrown All-Star game.