There’s something in the water at Hale End these days.
For the first time in what feels like forever, Arsenal have an exciting group of youngsters coming through at the club that all look like genuine first-team hopefuls.
Reiss Nelson, Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah are just a few of the prospects to come through Arsenal this season and have an impact in the world of football, but in an era of the game where youngsters are finding it hard to make it into the first-team at the top-level, it is vital Unai Emery keeps hold of this group of youngsters at the club.
As well as the quadrant of players who fans see as the most promising, Ainsley Maitland-Niles has grabbed his sophomore year in the first-team with both hands and has established himself as a vital player going into the second half of the season, a sign that players from the academy can feature for the senior team.
Emery has no desire to sell these players on despite interest from Bundesliga teams for some of these youngsters, and it is important for the future of the club that the Spaniard keeps hold of them.
Without Champions League football, for now, turning to youth is a genuine option Emery could turn too in order to save some money in the transfer market, and fans would agree this could be a beneficial move for the club.
It won’t be a crazy claim to make to say Emery could rely on some youngsters to fill out barebone positions in the Arsenal team, such as the wing where the Gunners currently only have Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the senior team who play their naturally.
This group of players coming through at Arsenal are a once in a generation bunch, a crop of youngsters that only come through at a club once every few decades, and for fans of the club, they know that if they are given the time to develop they will one day star for the first-team.
Arsenal fans, what youngster do you want to see more of in the first-team?
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