Arsenal in pole position to agree deal for 21-year-old Chelsea winger

Arsenal have reportedly joined the race to secure the services of wantaway Chelsea forward Callum Hudson-Odoi.

The 21-year-old winger has struggled to become a regular fixture in Chelsea XI under Thomas Tuchel and has supposedly informed the West London giants of his desire to depart from the club in search of regular first-team football.

Hudson-Odoi is behind the likes of Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling, Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz in the pecking order and is yet to make his first top-flight appearance of the new season.

Injuries have not helped the England international, who is understood to be on the radar of Borussia Dortmund, Southampton and Newcastle United.

A recent report suggested that Dortmund were leading the race to secure the services of Hudson-Odoi, who would become the latest young Englishman to make the move to the Westfalenstadion.

However, according to the Blues Spot podcast – via CaughtOffside – the Gunners have now jumped to the head of the queue for Hudson-Odoi’s services as he seeks regular game time.

The North London giants could be in the market for a new wide man if Nicolas Pepe is granted a move away from the team, with the £72m man not being considered for starts under Mikel Arteta.

Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe are all preferred to Pepe, who is allegedly wanted by French outfits, Nice on a season-long loan with an option to buy.

Pepe’s exit would free up room for Hudson-Odoi to switch to the Emirates, however, the Englishman may not be able to cement his place in the starting XI ahead of Saka and Martinelli.

Hudson-Odoi has scored 16 goals and 22 provided assists in 126 appearances for Chelsea since coming through their youth ranks, including three goals and six assists from 28 matches last term.