'Pogba-like' ex-Arsenal academy star Yunus Musah, 18, explains why he chose USA over England at international level

FORMER Arsenal ace Yunus Musah has explained why he switched international allegiance from England to the USA.

The 18-year-old represented the Young Lions at youth level and has even been described as Paul Pogba-like by his former U17s boss Steve Cooper.


But after leaving the Gunners for Valencia in Spain last year, he has now opted for a change at international level too.

And after starring on his latest appearance for the Stars and Stripes last night, Musah has now revealed the reasons behind his decision.

He told CBS Sports: “It was a mixture of things.

“I’m really into the project we have of building this team, this new identity and trying to change the view of American soccer in the world.

“That really inspired me and was one of the things I really wanted to be involved in.”

Musah produced an all-action display as he celebrated winning his seventh cap for the States with a 2-0 World Cup qualification victory over Jamaica. 

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Discussing the New York native previously, now Nottingham Forest boss Cooper said: “Yunus stands out for his Pogba-like athleticism to power away from defenders.

“If he receives possession in broken play in midfield, he drives away from opponents and leaves them behind. 

“He has the technique of a real ‘football-playing’ midfielder but the athleticism and daring to make him a guy who’ll penetrate dangerous opposition areas because he has also got great self-belief.”

Musah rejected the chance to sign a pro deal at Arsenal in the summer of 2020 in favour of a switch to LaLiga.

He has featured six times for the club so far this term, following on from his 34 appearances last season.

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