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3 top Arsenal talents who could shine next season including 'very complete' No. 9

While Arsenal may have endured a difficult season, the Hale End academy continues to produce top talents.

Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe have lit up an otherwise gloomy Emirates Stadium in the past two years.

And there are plenty of exciting youngsters in the Gunners ranks who could potentially become the next breakthrough star at Arsenal.

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A couple of others have also been doing incredibly well out on loan, likely providing Mikel Arteta with food for thought.

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Let’s look at a couple of players who Arteta should keep a close eye on in pre-season:

Daniel Ballard

Ballard, a 21-year-old defender, joined the Arsenal academy aged eight and has impressed while progressing through the ranks.

A long-term knee injury, which required surgery, sadly saw him miss out on most of the 2019-20 season.

However, Ballard returned to fitness in the summer and was on his way to Blackpool in October for a season-long loan.

He has done superbly for the Seasiders, clocking up 29 appearances and helping them reach the League One playoff final.

Likewise, Ballard has shone for Northern Ireland, winning three caps and being selected for the friendlies with Malta and Ukraine.

Miguel Azeez

The 18-year-old midfielder is one of the most highly rated youngsters at Hale End.

A dynamic midfielder, he is equally skilled as an anchorman as he is playing at No. 10.

Azeez is also viewed as a natural leader and captain material.

He was playing for Arsenal’s Under-18s when he was 15 and didn’t look out of his depth in the slightest.

Indeed, by the time he was 17, he was captaining the team.

Azeez has been in and around the first team this season, taking part in training sessions.

He also made his senior debut in December’s Europa League win over Dundalk.

Arsenal really could do with some more quality in central midfield and Azeez certainly looks like the man who can eventually provide this.

Nikolaj Moller

The 18-year-old is a relative newcomer at Hale End, joining last year from Swedish oufit Malmo.

However, it’s not taken long for Moller to make waves at the club, making an immediate impact for the Under-23s.

He scored three minutes into his debut against Manchester City’s Under-23s and was nominated for the Premier League 2 Player of the Month award in November.

Moller has finished the season with seven goals and three assists from 18 PL2 – not a bad return for his maiden season with a struggling team.

The Swede has drawn obvious comparisons with Zlatan Ibrahimovic due to his position, physique, first club and nationality.

And according to, there’s genuine belief among the academy coaches that he can go on to become a top Premier League striker.

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