As our Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern enter a new era following Arsene Wenger’s decision to cut his two-year extension short, they’ll be hoping that a new wave of youngster also signals a change of the tide.
Credit to Wenger this season, he’s really started to develop the youth players and give them more of a chance to break into the first team – with many of them impressing our regulars.
With the new man in charge, given a handful of top talent, the fans will hope to see this more regularly over the years, as Arsenal aim to dip their hand into their youth academy more often. Many will want to follow in the footsteps of Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but will be hoping to be nurtured and progressed better than under the previous regime.
Since moving to the Emirates, the Gunners haven’t had the fortune of splashing the cash like their rivals and it has aided them in falling behind in the running for the title, season after season.
With that in mind, our landlord takes a look at TWO young attackers that the Gunners have within their ranks which should be exciting the fans in a couple of seasons time…
The English man has been firing for the development side so far this season with his 10 goals in 12 appearances, alongside impressing in his only EFL cup game against Norwich where he bagged two goals for the first team.
Much is expected of Nketiah, and with that will come the pressure to succeed. With many before him showing the promise but never translating it fully into the first team, only time tell if the Lewisham-born forward has what it takes. A hugely gifted individual, he could come on leaps and bounds under a new boss.
The Romanian attacking midfielder has not played a single first team minute in his two years at the club, much to his probable frustration. Indeed, the closest he has come is sitting on the bench in one of Arsenal’s group matches in the Europa League.
He’s still only 19, though, with Wenger’s attacking midfield options as they are now, many in the back room playing pool see it a very hard task to break into that spot. However, his six goals from midfield for the u23’s this year may start to show what he could bring differently to the first team.
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