Sanchez Watt: 10 things you need to know about the latest Arsenal starlet

Last night, after 68 minutes of his first team debut, versatile 18-year-old Sanchez Watt netted the first goal of Arsenal's 2-0 victory over Championship leaders West Brom in the Carling Cup.

The latest youngster with bags of talent to come off the Gunners' long production line, this Londoner - already an England Under-19 international - could be the real deal.

To eliminate as many of the key six questions - how, who, why, when, where and Watt - as possible, below MirrorFootball serves up 10 vital things you ought to know about young Sanchez Watt.

1) Herschel Sanchez Watt was born in London on February 14 - St Valentine's Day - in 1991.

2) Watt joined Arsenal in July 2007, but did not sign a professional contract until 12 months later.

3) The wiry pace-merchant, 5'10", is at ease as a winger, a target man or he can play off a front man. Watt believes that it is better to have experience of playing in all positions and said: "I'll play anywhere, even defence. It's good to be versatile. You can't learn just one position during your career because you never know where you'll end up. You might go on loan and the manager asks you to play left wing, you can't say 'sorry I can't play there.'"

4) Last season Watt was a vital part of the Arsenal Under-18 team which, under Gunners legend Steve Bould, won the league and FA Youth Cup double.

5) Watt netted twice in the 4-1 semi-final second leg win over against holders Manchester City - his first goal flew in after only 34 seconds.

6) He also played eight times for Arsenal's reserves, and did not disappoint. He netted only once, but it could not have been against more important opposition - bitter north London rivals Tottenham.

7) Watt has played for England at Under-16, 17 and now 19 level.

8) A fan of The Simpsons cartoon, he is fearless - don't expect too many D'oh! moments from this guy. "I wasn't nervous at all," he said after being drafted into the reserve side. "At Arsenal they make you feel like family. I wasn't treated like just a youngster coming in, I was made to feel welcome."

9) Watt knows that if he is going to make it to the very top, he needs to keep putting in as much effort as possible - with and without possession of the ball. "Arsene Wenger watches you off the ball too, so you have to be switched on tactically and mentally," he says.

10) A Facebook member (with more than 2,000 friends, making him a 'Facebook Whale' - someone who has more than 1,000 buddies) he also has a fans' page on the networking website. At present there are only 40 fans - expect this to rise considerably if he keeps hitting the back of the net for Arsenal.

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