Unai Emery must show faith in his young guns, particularly after the injury to Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
Maitland-Niles has suffered a fracture to his left fibula, and will be out for 6-8 weeks. He suffered this injury whilst facing Pep Guardiola’s seemingly unstoppable Manchester City side.
Often played out-of-position as a wing-back, Ainsley Maitland-Niles has nevertheless established himself as an important member of the Arsenal first team set-up.
Maitland-Niles himself should be a major signal to Spaniard Unai Emery of what can be achieved when you offer a young star a chance in the first team. The youngster surpassed all expectations of him by slotting in comfortably to the first team set-up, showing his abilities in the Premier League as well as in cup competitions.
With that in mind, here are two young guns Emery now surely has to trust after the Maitland-Niles injury…
The 22-year-old left-back has had an incredible rise to prominence, being bought by Arsenal whilst playing for non-league Hednesford Town.
He spent a portion of last season on loan at Birmingham City, in the Championship.
He is 22-years-old, so if he is ever going to make it as an Arsenal player he will be hoping his chance comes sooner rather than later. As a left-back, he could come in as a direct replacement for Maitland-Niles.
Emile Smith-Rowe is a highly thought of midfielder at the Emirates.
The 18-year-old gained attention after scoring a goal in pre-season against Atletico Madrid, the excellent strike showed just what he is capable of in the middle of the park.
With Hudson-Odoi showing what a talent he is at Stamford Bridge aged just 17, Emery surely has to give this 18-year-old a chance following the Maitland-Niles injury.