Arsene Wenger has been renowned for unearthing some of the best young talent in world football, from Patrick Vieira and Nicholas Anelka, to Cesc Fabregas and Hector Bellerin. Wenger pulled on his vast knowledge of the French league, and loopholes in the youth academies across Europe to offer youth players a chance at playing first team football in the most exciting league in the world.
Nowadays, however, every single Premier League club (and arguably some Championship clubs) have local and international scouts scouring the grass routes and schools to find the next big talent. Here Football Wonderkid analyses the top 5 youth players that we expect to see in an Arsenal first team soon.
5. Edward Nketiah – Centre Forward
18 Year old Nketiah has a real knack for scoring goals and is as prolific as they come, topping the u18s goalscoring charts a staggering 24 times, and still as a 16-year-old. There are murmurings inside the club that Nketiah has everything in his locker to go all the way, pace, finishing ability, maturity and a keen dribbler.
Player Style: Kevin Campbell’s positioning but a much better finisher