Arsenal will reportedly have no problems terminating Marcelo Flores’ loan contract with Real Oviedo in January if he isn’t given more game time.
The 18-year-old Mexico international joined the La Liga 2 side for a temporary spell this summer, but has started just two games for the club.
Canadian-born Flores moved to England in 2017 to sign for Ipswich. The deal came about after Ipswich coach Steve Foley had spotted him while running a coaching camp in the Cayman Islands. The attacking midfielder spent two years at Portman Road, before joining the Gunners in 2019 when he was still only 15 years old.
The player is yet to make his Arsenal first-team debut but has previously excelled in the club’s under-18s and under-23s sides, bagging 11 goals and three assists last season. And ahead of the new campaign he was shipped off to Oviedo to continue his development.
Flores’ two starts for Oviedo coincided with the team’s only two wins of the campaign last month. But he has since cut a frustrated figure at the club, appearing for just 44 minutes in the last four matches.
Despite failing to feature for the north London giants, Flores has played three times for Mexico, making his international debut last December as a substitute in a 2-2 friendly draw with Chile. He also came off the bench in a friendly against Guatemala in April, before playing nine minutes in a Nations League match against Suriname in June.
Flores has been tipped to have a big future at the Emirates Stadium. But he may need to bide his time for an opportunity as Arsenal have started the season in emphatic fashion and top the Premier League table after winning six of their first seven matches.