ARSENAL starlet Joel Ideho channelled his inner-David Beckham to score from the half-way line in the 1-0 pre-season win against St Albans for the club’s Under-21s.
The 19-year-old fired in the only goal of the game at Clarence Park on Monday night in a stunning strike from close to 50 yards out in the 72nd minute.
Ideho, who joined the Gunners from Ajax in 2020, has been touted as a future star by the club.
And he showcased why he is so highly-regarded following his display against National League South side St Albans in front of 2,601 fans.
The Dutch forward robbed a St Albans player of possession in his own half, before driving beyond the half-way line after riding two challenges.
And he then spotted goalkeeper Loris Marcimin off his line by the penalty spot, with his lofted effort nestling into the middle of the open net.
His team-mates were quick to mob Ideho, with the strike bringing back memories of Beckham’s lob over Wimbledon’s Neil Sullivan in August 1996.
Ideho is making a habit of scoring extraordinary goals having banged in a chip against Southampton from 35 yards last season.
And he even scored a delightful lob during his playing days for Ajax against FC Midtjylland in the Uefa Youth League.
Commenting on the comparisons with the goals, Ideho took to social media to joke about his strike against St Albans.
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Sharing the clip on Instagram, he captioned the post: “You can’t say it’s luck anymore.”
Fans were quick to laud Ideho over the goal, as one user said: “Wow! Take a bow Joel Ideho that’s some goal: Beckhamesque!”
Another quipped: “Everybody’s gotta have a special move.”
A third added: “Get him in the Holland international setup asap.”
Meanwhile this supporter simply stated: “First team pending!”