Five rising stars from Arsenal’s Youth Academy
4. Donyell Malen – Wide Forward
Malen hails from the Ajax Production line that has heralded legends such as Cruyff, Van Basten, Rijkaard, Kluivert and Dennis Bergkamp. The latter being an idol (alongside Thierry Henry) mentor, and coach in the youth ranks at Ajax, before making his decision to follow in his idol’s footsteps to Arsenal. There was apparent interest from Manchester United and Chelsea before Arsenal landed their star prospect. One of the few Arsenal prospects that is able to play anywhere in a front three and equally adept as a classic No. 10. Able to use his quick feet to get away from defenders and loves a tidy finish. Some Arsenal fans will remember his outstanding debut goal as a 16-year-old against Brighton. Collecting the ball midway in the opposition half with his back to goal, turning sharply and skipping over his marker’s lunging tackle, before deftly lifting the ball over the onrushing keeper…a goal Henry and Bergkamp would certainly be proud of.
Player Style: Almost an identikit to Serge Gnabry – Arsenal fans will hope he doesn’t leave for Bayern Munich then..