With Arsenal’s finances dictating them from making a marquee signing, they’ll be forced to look to the academy for inspiration. And there are five players who could well be the future of the club.
Amid all the transfer window doom and gloom, Arsenal appear to be ushering in a new era of talented youngsters. A handful of bright prospects featured for the Gunners in pre-season, and Football.London have selected five whom they think could become integral parts of the team in the future.
Left-back Cohen Bramall, currently on loan at Birmingham City, made the list. Winger Reiss Nelson, who is on the fringes of the first-team, is among the five. Midfielder Joe Willock has been tipped for a bright future at Arsenal. As has striker Eddie Nketiah, who recently scored a hat-trick for England u19s. And forward Kelechi Nwakali, who has been loaned out to VVV-Venlo, is another to watch.
Nelson is an obvious pick given the oustanding pre-season he had and his current form for the Arsenal u23 team. With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain now gone, it seems only a matter of time before the teenager is making appearances for the Arsenal first-team.
Willock has risen unexpectedly quickly, I feel. It was his older brother, Chris, who excited everyone at the club, but he’s left to play for Benfica. Joe impressed during pre-season and is certainly one to look out for.
Nketiah is following in the footsteps of the likes of Benik Afobe, Chuba Akpom and Stephy Mavididi by being prolific for Arsenal’s youth teams. He’s started the season brightly and can’t stop scoring for England at youth level.
Bramall also featured in pre-season. Though not as exciting as the others, the left back is making big strides and is hoping to impress while on loan in the Championship.
Finally, there’s Nwakali, who people probably don’t know much about given he’s been on loan since joining Arsenal. He’s currently in the Dutch Eredivisie and is hoping to get a work permit to play for the club.