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Who are Arsenal’s talented under-21 players?

Arsenal NextGen Players

After the announcement that it is very likely that Martin Angha is leaving, I wondered who out of the group of players who made it to the NextGen semi-final will make it as an Arsenal player.

The first one who springs to mind is the German wonder-kid Serge Gnabry. His goal against Liverpool U21 was right out of the top draw; his turn and shot were class. This combined with the fact that he is lightning quick, can play in numerous positions and is full of confidence, shows that he has a very bright future and could be more of a cup regular next season.

The next player I want to talk about is another young German Thomas Eisfeld, who we pinched off BVB in the 2011/12 January transfer window. I was at the game against Reading when he made his full-team début and I was very impressed. I think his performance was overshadowed by the quite unbelievable game that unfolded. He reminded me very much of Cesc Fabregas in his first few seasons as an Arsenal player. He moved the ball quickly, was comfortable in possession and knew when/not to play the ball. I feel that he has a bright future.

Chuba Akpom. The free scoring English 17 year old has been banging them in this season. His crucial goals was one of the main reasons for us doing so well in the NextGen series as he led the line well with Gnabry, Eisfeld and Olsson behind him. I think that he could be a useful player for the first team in the upcoming years, as his goal scoring impact could be vital in tight games.

Finally, I’d like to mention young Spaniard Hector Bellerin. The right-back, who can play anywhere along the right flank, has been tipped by many to be breaking into the first team behind Carl Jenkinson. Personally, I can see him becoming a wide midfielder due to his lightning speed, pin-point crossing and his ability to attack and defend well. He could become a first team regular in the next 5 years.

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