As Arsenal prepare to travel to the USA for the start of their pre-season tour, we’re looking at which academy prospects should be joining them on the trip.

NAPLES, ITALY - APRIL 18: Unai Emery, manager of Arsenal looks on during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final Second Leg match between S.S.C. Napoli and Arsenal at Stadio San Paolo on April 18, 2019 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
NAPLES, ITALY – APRIL 18: Unai Emery, manager of Arsenal looks on during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final Second Leg match between S.S.C. Napoli and Arsenal at Stadio San Paolo on April 18, 2019, in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Before we go any further, it’s worth mentioning that this isn’t an easy decision for the Arsenal coaches. They already have a number of youth friendlies scheduled in England, so it’s not worth sending a player off to America if they’re not going to feature at all.

Instead, the club should only take along the very top prospects who could end up staking a claim for first-team spots when the season gets underway. Let’s have a look at the top five in contention.

1Joe Willock

Willock was very impressive for the academy last season, and he looked ready for first-team chances. The midfielder scored three goals in six appearances for the senior side, and he should’ve had at least one more in the Europa League final.

With Aaron Ramsey gone and Arsenal’s transfer budget limited, someone needs to step up in the Welshman’s absence. With Willock’s 12 goals in all competitions last season, he could be the man to add more goal threat from midfield.

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