The Gunners have always had a great academy of graduates coming through and there are just so many talented youngsters to pick from! We had the tough choice of narrowing down our selection to the top five prospects we think will have a bright future at Arsenal.
If you have played Football Manager 2017, you’ll know that Nelson is an absolute god and he’s already hot property in real life. He’s made three league appearances and was sent out on loan this season to 1899 Hoffenheim to get more game time. It won’t be long before he’s terrorizing Premier League fullbacks every weekend. He can play anywhere on the wing and through the middle as an attacking midfielder. Nelson has great pace, first touch and an eye for goal. Expect big things to come from this young man!
Another FM legend at least for me but Willock is the youngest of three brothers. All of whom play football, in fact his eldest brother Chris left Arsenal to sign for Benfica. Joe is another very skilful and talented midfielder who is really versatile and can play pretty much anywhere in the middle of the park. He’s played in under 18 and under 21 Premier League games, scored four times and picked up four assists. He could definitely do with a loan move to gain more first-team experience.
Eddie Nketiah is another youth player fans should be excited about! The forward was signed on a free transfer after rivals Chelsea surprisingly released him. Nketiah is a goal machine, scoring goals for fun at every level so far. His highlight at the club came in a cup game against Norwich last year. He scored within 15 seconds of coming onto the pitch and slotted home the winner in extra time. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is currently mentoring the youngster and could be potentially replaced by Nketiah when his time at Arsenal come to an end.
The Dutch wonderkid joined Arsenal from PSV in 2015. Malen has played in the youth teams of Arsenal featuring in the Youth Premier League, Youth FA Cup and UEFA Youth League. In early February 2016, he finally signed a pro contract with the Gunners and remains in the academy squad. It’s only a matter of time before Malen breaks into the senior team and replicates the success of fellow Dutchman, Dennis Bergkamp.
The winger signed a professional contract at the start of the year when he turned 17. Amaechi is held in high regard in the youth set-up, featuring for both the under-18’s and under-23’s. He possesses insane pace and excellent dribbling skills, helping him to stand from the crowd. Amaechi has been at the club since he was 13 years old and remains one of the top prospects in the academy.
The star of the 2015 under-17 World Cup, Nwakali won the Golden Boot that year and secured himself a move to Arsenal. After a really great season out on loan at second tier side Maastricht, he was named as Arsenals loanee of the season. With Kanu as his mentor, we can only expect that Nwakali will make a big impact on Arsenal in the future