The Arsenal U23 side won the EPL2 title this season and there were over 40 players used in the competition. The Gunners sealed the title with a 3-1 away win at West Ham last month with Nelson opening the scoring and Nketiah netting twice, once in each half, to make sure of the points.
Arsene Wenger used to be widely known as the manager most likely to promote youngsters to the first team after training them in ‘the Arsenal Way’ at the academy, but in recent there has been more focus on buying readymade stars as the pressure on winning has become more intense.
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In the Premier League era, few clubs have earned as impressive a reputation for bringing through young talent as Arsenal. The Gunners’ Academy has produced the likes of Jack Wilshere, Alex Iwobi and Ashley Cole, and continues to turn out some of the most gifted and technically accomplished young players in English football.
As the winter transfer window approaches with Arsenal playing today to leapfrog Liverpool into the Top Four where we belong, Arsene Wenger has already confirmed “90%” that he will not be bringing in new players to improve the squad.
Arsenal’s reputation as the team that brought more youngsters through their academy and nurtured them to play ‘the Arsenal Way’ when they arrived to play in the senior side. This is not so true nowadays and Wenger’s wish, five years ago, of his “English Core” becoming world-beaters seems to have fallen by the wayside, but yesterday’s squad did consist of players like Bellerin, Iwobi and Jack Wilshere who all came through our training, and the latest addition of Ainsley Maitland-Niles who Wenger seems to have picked as the cream of the crop of our upcoming youngsters.
Mino Raiola has come out in the press to praise his client Donyell Malen, who is currently trying to work his way through the ranks at Arsenal.
The agent helped to seal the Dutch youngster’s move from Ajax last year, and has now revealed his excitement in the future of Malen, who is currently playing for Arsenal Under-23 development side.
Arsenal are closing in on the signatures of Swansea City and Borussia Monchengladbach’s club captains this summer.
The Gunners have been linked with the Swiss midfielder’s arrival over the past few months, and he recently said his goodbyes to the club after their final league fixture. Xhaka was seen hugging his coaching staff, and was given a standing ovation by the club’s fans, and is firmly expected to leave this summer.
The Sun is reporting that Arsenal youngster loanee Ainsley Maitland-Niles has had his game-time restricted at Ipswich due an angry phone-call by his mother, and for once the paper appears to be telling the truth.
The 18 year-old was enjoying an impressive season with the Tractor Boys, making 31 first-team appearances, but that all ended a few weeks back.