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Cole Bassett shares what he learned from training with Arsenal’s U-23s

“I felt like I fit in really nice.”

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Last month, Colorado Rapids midfielder Cole Bassett traveled across the pond to train with Arsenal’s U-23 side. The EPL club has been his favorite since Bassett was 10 years old, so it was a memorable opportunity for the 18-year-old from Colorado. In an interview posted on the Rapids’ website, he talked about how amazing the facilities are, saying “I was shocked how many fields there were and how nice the U-18s and U-23s dressing rooms were. They were better than a lot of first-team dressing rooms. The gym is also one of the biggest I’ve seen.”

He explained that the style of play is actually similar to Robin Fraser. “Possession-oriented with positioning being key in being able to break teams down with the ball. They closed you down very quick, and you had to be quick on the ball, and know what you’re going to do with it before you get it. I felt like I fit in really nice,” he said.

But his big takeaway was “being confident and having a winning mentality.” He continued: “Obviously, you need to be very good on both sides of the ball, but having this mentality and confidence about you is what gets you into a team like Arsenal. I now want to come back to Colorado even more motivated to have a really good season with the team and help us reach playoffs, because, if you’re a player, you want to play and win in the biggest games possible to help you develop. The playoffs is where I can develop this winning mentality and help instill it in myself.”

Read the rest of the interview here.