Arsenal are a club known for bringing through young players into the first-team squad and there seems to be a strong batch of talented players coming through the academy at the moment.
Eddie Nketiah, Emile Smith Rowe, Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson have all made it through to the first-team over the last year. Smith Rowe is starting to establish himself as a first-team squad member and until his recent injury, he was a key member of Arsenal’s Europa League side.
This season, Unai Emery blooded a host of youngsters in the club’s last game of the group stage, namely Bukayo Saka. The 17-year-old is emerging as one of the stars of the Arsenal academy and following him there might just be another in the form of 16-year-old forward, Sam Greenwood.
Signed from the Sunderland academy over the summer, Greenwood joined Arsenal after establishing himself as one of the best young talents in England and had scored six goals to go with six assists for Sunderland’s under-18 side.
Capable of playing on the wing or through the middle, Greenwood has continued his form with the Arsenal under-18 side this season and has scored four goals in 10 games for the club, while also setting up a further two.
With so much talent coming through the academy at the moment, Greenwood needs to continue to develop his game and focus on progressing into the under-23 side. Like a lot of talented youth players, he has the talent but he needs to continue to develop and become more consistent. Considering that Saka made his debut at just 17, if Greenwood continues to show his potential, he might be making his debut in the next year or two.
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