Arsenal may have missed out on signing Vardy but the Gunners do have a good youth academy to fill up some slots for the senior team. Arsenal are known for its nurturing of young talent. With excellent training facilities, coaching staff, and scouts, it’s no surprise that the Gunners have remarkable talent emerging from their academy every year. Last season saw the emergence of Alex Iwobi from Arsenal’s Under-21 academy side to the first team. The 19-year-old gave some brilliant performances in the second half of the campaign and rose has above Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Joel Campbell in the pecking order. He scored in his start against Everton and then went on to score another goal against Watford in the following fixture.
Alex Iwobi’s journey to Arsenal’s first-team squad last season should offer hope to the next generation of young Gunners aiming to force their way into Arsene Wenger’s plans for next season. The French manager is known to have a great eye for spotting raw talent and perfecting them to a finished product The list of youngsters he has groomed over the years ranges from the likes of great Patrick Vieira to last season’s surprise package Hector Bellerin. Arsenal have some of the most talented young players in England, who if not shipped to another club on loan to gain some valuable experience are retained to provide cover for the first team players. Here is the list of three players who will push for first team selection next year.
Wenger has already spoken about giving this 18 year old a chance in the first team. Willock has enormous potential and is one of the most exciting prospects currently in Arsenal’s academy. Chris has the ability to beat defenders with ease with his clever tricks and burst of pace. Capable of playing on either of the wings, the youngster has an excellent understanding of the game and isn’t afraid of weaving his out of tight situation. Though he must be itching to get into the first team, at the same time he must make sure that he stays level headed and doesn’t start relaxing too soon.