Arsenal have one entrant in the final 40 shortlisted for the Golden Boy award for 2022, with summer signing Marquinhos making the cut.
The Golden Boy 2022 award is progressing towards the final stages, with the previous shortlist of 60 now cut to 40.
Tuttosport confirm that Arsenal’s Marquinhos is still in the running, as well as former Arsenal academy youngster Yunus Musah, now of Valencia.
The final shortlist of 20 players will be confirmed next month, before the jury vote on the winner of the award.
Bukayo Saka and William Saliba both made the final 20 in 2021, with Gabriel Martinelli making it to the final 40 and Folarin Balogun named on the initial longlist of 100.
So by comparison, this year’s sole Arsenal entrant of Marquinhos makes it a rather quiet season for the Gunners. It would be nice to see the Brazilian at least make the final 20, and perhaps he can earn that spot with his performances in the coming weeks.
There have been some high-profile names to win the award in recent seasons, with Kylian Mbappe, Matthijs de Ligt, Joao Felix, Erling Haaland, and Pedri receiving the accolade in the last five years.
Other former winners include Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas, Sergio Agüero, Paul Pogba, and Raheem Sterling.
There’s plenty of competition this year, with the likes of Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid), and last year’s winner Pedri (Barcelona) among the final 40.