Meet the Algerian trying to make it at Arsenal

With their huge Algerian fan base located in Finsbury Park, many Arsenal fans want to see Arsene Wenger’s side with an Algerian footballer in the team. And they could soon get their wish come true.


In the ranks of the Academy is 18-year-old Yassin Fortune. The striker with skills was born in Paris, in December 1999, and has an Algerian mother and a Haitian father.

He joined the Gunners from Lens in the summer of 2015. Last season, he scored 3 goals in 14 games for the Arsenal U18s. However, this season he has been promoted to the Arsenal U23s.

Fortune is not the first Algerian footballer to play for the U23s in North London, with Ismael Bennacer doing the same last season. He is now a fully capped international for the Algerian national team and left in the summer for Serie B team Empoli.

We have seen in the recent past players of a similar background, such as Kylian Mbappe, opt for the French national team. Fortune has played for France U19s, however we hope that he makes the decision to switch to the Desert Foxes if the call comes along.

Fortune is yet to make an appearance for the Arsenal first team, but he has plenty of potential considering that the Premier League side paid £2million in order to acquire his services two years ago.

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