Bayern Munich are showing increased interest in two of Arsenal’s most exciting youngster and the club have moved fast to thwart the German giants.
Youngsters Tyreece John-Jules, 18, and Xavier Amaechi, 18, are the players in question and contract talks have begun with the pair in a bid to tie them down to new long term deals.
Both players contracts expire next summer and the German giants are said to be very keen on snapping the teenagers up.
It has become a bit of a thing in Germany recently to sign up young English talent, either on loan or on permanent deals.
The success of former Manchester City youngster Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund has set the standard with other Bundesliga clubs looking to replicate what Dortmund have achieved.
This season two of our young talents Reiss Nelson and Emile Smith Rowe have been on loan to German sides and more are expected to follow and not just from us but other Premier League clubs.
Over the last couple of seasons, Arsenal has already lost the likes of Chris Willock to Benfica, Stephy Mavididi to Juventus and Marcus McGuane to Barcelona and if we are not careful we will end up losing more of our top young talent.
Foreign clubs appear to be more inclined to give youngsters more first-team opportunities and that is going to be the key to persuading John-Jules and Amaechi to extend their contract with us.
From their point of view, they have to weigh up where their best chances of breaking through to the senior team lies, is it with us or in Germany with a massive club like Bayern?
We cannot keep on denying our academy players opportunities, this season we used just three in the Premier League, Tottenham used eight, who do you think has more chance of hanging on to their youngsters?
Hopefully, John-Jules and Amaechi will sign new deals but if they do not then we only have ourselves to blame.
And the worse thing about all this is that we probably have players in the academy that could do better jobs than some of our underperforming first team players.