Arsenal stint for FC Dallas star

The 21-year-old USA international is one of the three nominees for

the MLS Most Valuable Player award this season following a series

of impressive performances. FC Dallas’ domestic campaign is now at

an end and the American club were keen for Shea to spend time in

Europe during the off-season. The Gunners have given him the

opportunity to train with them and manager Arsene Wenger is looking

forward to seeing Shea at close quarters. The midfielder will take

part in sessions with the first team and other promising prospects

at the club, while Wenger hopes to give him a run in the reserves.

“It’s a training period for him to see what his top level is like,”

Wenger told Arsenal Player. “The MLS encourage their players to go

out to Europe during their off-season for improvement, practice and

to have contact with top-level football. “That’s why Brek Shea is

coming here. It is a learning experience for him. “Brek will train

with the first-team when it is possible and practice with the best

prospects of the club as well outside of the normal sessions.

“There is not a better place than the Premier League to do that.”

Wenger does accept that regulations may not allow Shea to feature

for the second string. “If it is possible I would like to do it,”

said Wenger. “We will have to see how it goes because we play many

games now and we have to check how it works on the legal side too.”