Who is Arda Guler? The 17-year-old sensation linked with an Arsenal move

The young star has been dubbed ‘The Turkish Messi”, but who is he?

A host of Premier League clubs have been linked with the signing of relative unknown Arda Guler, who is reportedly available in January as well as in the summer for a small fee.

But just who is the 17-year-old Fenerbahce star?

Born in February 2005, Guler made his senior football bow aged just 16 years old, having spent his youth career with fellow Turkish side Genclerbirligi Ankara youth before joining Fenerbahce’s youth set up in 2019 and progressing through the ranks.

Typically a creative midfielder, the left-footed teenager can also play in wide areas, and has been used by the Super Lig leaders cutting in from the right hand side to good effect.

Guler was handed his debut at the beginning of last season, during a Europa League qualifying match against HJK Helsinki, and went on to feature 16 times in all competitions, grabbing three goals and five assists in just 373 minutes of football.

So far this season, the left-footed attacking midfielder has made five Super Lig appearances, scoring twice in a combined 27 minutes of action, while his form also saw him make his debut for Turkey over the World Cup break, playing 22 minutes in a 2-1 win over the Czech Republic.

Of course, his club, position, and style of play have all led him to be compared to Mesut Ozil, who also had a stint at Fenerbahce. And, speaking during their time together, the former Arsenal man claimed that Guler had the potential to be “a world star”, while he has also been dubbed the Turkish Messi on occasion.

His talent has seen Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, Ajax, Paris Saint Germain and Borussia Dortmund all send scouts to watch him strut his stuff in the Super Lig and the Europa League, and could be set to start a bidding war for his services in the weeks and months to come.

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Ben Browning

Ben Browning

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