Arsenal are hoping to capitalize on the defender’s fear at the mention of Salah by deploying the Liverpool star’s namesake against Leeds tonight.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has called out Salah-Eddine, also known as Salah Oulad M’hand or simply “Salah”, for their Carabao Cup round of 16 game which will be live on talkSPORT.
The 18-year-old is expected to start on the Emirates bench but hopes to enter the pitch following a change in EFL rules in the fourth round.
The football governing body has increased the number of substitutions allowed in the Carabao Cup from three to five, increasing the chances of young players to feature.
Arsenal are also light in midfield right now with Granit Xhaka injured until early next year.
First-team duo Thomas Partey and Albert Sambi Lokonga are expected to be at rest with Mohamed Elneny and Ainsley Maitland-Niles left to start.
A first-team appearance for Salah would cap off an incredible start to the season the teenager has made after recovering from an injury.
The midfielder has been out for most of last season following a stress fracture he sustained near his ankle.
But he started this campaign in great shape for the Under-23s, scoring four goals in nine games in all competitions.
One of those strikes was a stunning free kick the Netherlands Under-17 international threw in Arsenal U21’s 4-3 EFL Trophy win over Newport.
A predominantly central midfielder, Salah spent his youth career in the Netherlands before joining Arsenal as a free agent in August 2020.
He rose through the ranks with Robin van Persie’s former side Feyenoord but sought new pasture after doubts over his progress to the senior squad.
Following his move to north London last year, the teenager said: “It’s great to join a massive club like Arsenal.
“It’s a good environment for me to work on my development and I hope that through the academy, I can become a first team player.
“They [Arsenal] I contacted my dad first, then I went for a week just to see what the club was all about, and after that they really had nothing to say.
“I knew straight away that this was the right club for me.”