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Arsenal wonderkid joins Barcelona after just two first-team appearances for the Gunners

18-year-old Marcus McGuane left the Emirates in search of more first-team opportunities

Arsenal have lost one of their brightest academy talents to the clutches of Barcelona.

18-year-old wonderkid Marcus McGuane, who’s a favourite among the Gunners academy staff and known for his tough tackling ability, has left the club in search of more first-team opportunities.

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The youngster has played just 14 minutes for the Gunners first-team over two substitute appearances in the Europa League this season, having been at the club since he was six.

But having completed his move to Barca on Thursday, it now looks like he’ll join up with the Catalan club’s B-team.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is understood to have tried to persuade the starlet to stay, but Barca’s interest was evidently too tempting.

The deal comes just days after he openly stated his intentions to secure a spot in the club’s first-team, saying to ArsenalMedia: “My goals for the end of the season are to take as many opportunities as I can.

“If I get chances to train with the first team, then to do as well as I can.

“If i get the chance to get in the squad again or play then I want to show what I can do.

“I set goals for the whole season back at the start, then I re-evaluate in January.”

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The midfielder, who turns 19 next month, has represented England at Under-19 level so far.

Gotta be said, it’s rather pleasing to see an English lad attempting to cut his teeth abroad.