There has been much speculation about Arsenal’s transfer funds this summer, and I think we can all be assured that there will not be many superstar, big money signings (if any!) but the team will identify promising talent and also be promoting some up from the academy. Ahead of Arsenal’s game against Palace today, Emery took the mention of the Palace stars Wilfred Zaha and Aaron Wan-Bissaka as an opportunity to highlight that they are proof that home-made talent can be advantageous to Arsenal as well.
He said: “They are two very good players. They are improving a lot and giving Palace a big performance for their success.
“We have here also young players coming from the academy, training with us, playing some matches with us.
“My responsibility is to work with them and give them the possibility to train with us, and show the capacity to get into the first team with regularity, and also in the future show they can be important players for us.”
I am sure most fans would have preferred him to say that he would like those players at Arsenal, especially as it looks like Zaha will be sold this summer and we desperately need a class winger. But we do have lots of young talent coming through who will hopefully prove themselves next year. The ones that spring to mind immediately are Reiss Nelson on his return from Germany. Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock and Emile Smith-Rowe could also follow Ainsley Maitland-Niles into the starting XI more regularly. And perhaps Ben Sheaf, Zach Medley and Charkie Gilmour could be not far behind….
Who would you like to see more of next season?