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Arsenal academy defender Kris Da Graca says he is becoming a better player due to his training with the club’s first team.
The 18 year old is a prominent member of the club’s U18 side and was recently promoted to the U21 side. He has impressed with his performances for the Junior side and has also been given the chance to train with the first team on few occasions.
The player reveals the few times he trained with the first team, he was asked to mark Danny Welbeck and he relishes the chance of battling with Welbeck in training and says its essential for his development.
“Playing regularly with the under-21s has been a big help because the level is that much higher and coming up against more experienced strikers has helped my development,” Da Graca told the club’s official website, as quoted by London24.
“I have also trained four times with the first team and have invariably marked Danny Welbeck who is a difficult player to defend against.
“He is powerful, quick and technically good. I really enjoyed the experience and learnt so much and I saw the improvement from the first training session to the last one.
“The sessions with the first team really accelerate your development because the tempo and accuracy of everything they do is at a higher level.”
Kris Da Graca joined the club from Hisingsbacka in 2013.
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