Arsenal: Dwight McNeil has potential, but signing him will block youngsters path to first-team

Arsenal: Dwight McNeil has potential, but signing him will block youngsters path to first-team

If there’s one saving grace about being an Arsenal fan at the moment, it’s it can be argued that there is currently a golden generation of talent coming through at the club.

From Reiss Nelson impressing on-loan at Hoffenheim to Joe Willock arguably being the only bright spark in the Europa League final, there is plenty to be said about the Gunners’ current crop of youngsters, who many fans want to see integrated into the first-team next season, and with the recent promotion of Freddie Ljungberg from U-23 manager to assistant coach in the senior squad, this could be something that the club are also thinking about.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean these players will be given first-team opportunities. Indeed, there is a chance the club could sign names that might block the path into the senior squad for many youngsters at Arsenal, and Dwight McNeil could just be one of these figures.

The Burnley Express report that the Clarets winger is being monitored by the Gunners, along with the likes of Manchester City and Everton, and whilst there is no doubt that McNeil has the potential to be a quality player in the Premier League given the season he had, he isn’t what Arsenal need given how much talent the north London side have waiting on the wings, literally.

Whilst the Burnley starlet’s record of three goals and five assists in the Premier League from the left-wing is highly impressive, that area of the attack is not only a position where the Gunners already have Alex Iwobi and Emile Smith Rowe, two players who have impressed greatly for Arsenal this season under the new manager, and bringing in a player who can disrupt this balance could be damaging for the club.

Arsenal’s youngsters are likely to play a big role next season as the club aim to take a different approach, and although McNeil is a player who can go far in the game, he isn’t what the Gunners are in need of with so much talent already in north London just waiting for their chance.

Arsenal fans, what youngsters will break through next season? Let us know!

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