The Premier League have introduced a Young Player of the Season award for this season, so let’s have a look at the Arsenal stars who are in contention for it.
The Premier League have confirmed they’re adding to their Player of the Season, Goal of the Season and Manager of the Season awards by introducing a Young Player of the Season category.
Players aged 23 and under will be eligible, and the winner will be determined by a vote from the general public combined with the decision of a Premier League panel of experts.
The age category means that of the Arsenal players who have made at least one appearance this season, the following are eligible:
Dani Ceballos, Kieran Tierney, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Matteo Guendouzi, Joe Willock, Emile Smith Rowe, Reiss Nelson, Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka.
The Premier League haven’t made it clear exactly where the cutoff is, so it’s possible Lucas Torreira and Rob Holding will be eligible too. Torreira is currently 23, but he’ll be 24 by the end of the season. Holding is 24, but he was 23 at the start of the campaign.
Matteo Guendouzi has to be the standout for Arsenal so far, after winning the club’s Player of the Month award for September. Gabriel Martinelli’s four goals and one assist have put him on the map, but he’s yet to get one in the league.
Bukayo Saka appears to be working his way into contention, but only one of his four goal contributions so far have come in the league. The situation is similar for Joe Willock, with his three goals in the Europa League and League Cup.
If Kieran Tierney carries his cup/European form into the domestic matches, he’s going to be right up there too. Hopefully, we’ll see quite a few Arsenal nominations at the end of the campaign.