Arsenal have always prided themselves on the products of their youth system.
Amongst those who have graduated through their ranks is LA Galaxy left back Ashley Cole, England’s Jack Wilshere, Johan Djourou and of course Cesc Fabregas.
Many of their youngsters have gone on to big things in the footballing world, others have enjoyed reasonable success and some – however it must be said not many – failed to fulfil their potential.
Although in recent years, the number of Arsenal’s academy graduates who have gone on to have an impact in the first team has dwindled. The last player to really go on to have a major impact is Wilshere himself, who is now a regular in the first team (when not injured) following his debut back in 2008.
Arsene Wenger more often than not in the past few campaign’s looked to pastures greener for his younger players. Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were both products of the Southampton youth academy, as was Luke Chambers who is still yet to make his mark at the Emirates. Aaron Ramsey came from Cardiff City, and Hector Bellerin made the switch from Barcelona.
The emergence of Alex Iwobi last season – who made a total of 21 appearances and scored 2 goals – was encouraging, and may signal the start of a new generation of Arsenal’s youngsters who will be soon to progress into Arsene Wenger’s squad.
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