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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Arsenal Brazilian trialist wants to be like Buffon but prefers to stay at Botafogo

By 1970’s Gooner

Guilherme Loreno Marcelino Alves otherwise known as 'Luis Guilherme' has impressed everybody including the Arsenal scout who was present at the recent South American Under 15s championships.

He is one of a long list of goalkeepers that are on Brazilian team Botafogo’s books.

His displays helped Brazil win the contest just ahead of Uruguy who failed to beat Argentina in the final game of the tournament.

He was also picked in the list of 11 outstanding players of the tournament.

With a surprising maturity for a boy of only 15 years, Luis is thrilled with the opportunity of playing at Arsenal.

But at the same time he realises that he must take each step in the ladder of becoming a successful goalkeeper with caution and without trying to climb too fast for his own good.

“The important thing is not to skip any of the stages needed in the development of a professional goalkeeper because the most important thing for a goalkeeper is experience”

He appears to be a very level headed lad and we all know that Wenger always checks these things out before going for a player.

Luis includes Italian goalkeeper Buffon and Brazilian goalkeeping legends Júlio Caesar, Taffarel and the goal scoring goalkeeper Rogério Ceni among his idols.

Although Luis describes the Arsenal trial as important he indicated to Brazilian sports news site that it may be better to stay at Botafogo and complete both his football and academic education before joining Arsenal on a more permanent basis.

'Luis Guilherme' Fact File:

Name: Guilherme Loreno Marcelino Alves
Surname: Luis
Known as: Luis Guilherme
Date of birth: 04.06.1992
Nationality: Brazil
Position: Goalkeeper
Soccer-Club: Botafogo