Six Arsenal youngsters will get their chance in pre-season games..

There are only ten days to go before Arsenal play their first pre-season warm up at Boreham Wood, and there will be an unusual amount of first team stars ready to play by then, as most of them have had little or no involvement in the World Cup.

But which of our youngsters has Unai Emery chosen to train with the first team ahead of our pre-season medley of games?

We have already seen the likes of Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock, Eddie Nketiah and Matt Macey included in League Cup games and some EPL matches last season, but they are being joined by our midfielder Emile Smith Rowe and the impressive young defender Jordi Osei-Tutu.

Reiss Nelson was the U23 Player-Of-The-Season only just edging out his team-mate Eddie Nketiah and both are expected to play more regularly in the coming campaign, and Joe Willock has also been given his chances on the big stage. Smith Rowe comes with a very big reputation with the U23s and Osei-Tutu is expected to be the next challenger to Hector Bellerin when he fills. Despite only being 19 he has also impressed in the U23s.

Let’s hope they can all show their worth in pre-season and put added pressure on our veterans next season. They will certainly get games in the League Cup and Europa League…



  1. Durand says:

    I love seeing young players given a chance by Emery to impress. I hope he lets competition determine playing time not favoritism.

    Iwobi has had numerous chances and continues to crap the bed. Stagnated at Arsenal, and benched for Nigeria. I hope he makes good, but on loan somewhere else.

    Eddie and Reiss are on cusp of becoming good players; Emery has an opportunity to nuture these young men and develop something special.

    Interesting times ahead, actually excited for season to begin. Transfer business getting done earlier is nice change also.

    1. Durand says:

      Off topic World Cup; does anyone play uglier football than England? Jeez, do they play ugly on purpose?

      Japan was more exciting to watch FFS!

      Hope Sweden ends England’s run. I can’t watch Englad lump around the pitch with their stale and predictable “play.”

      Absolute flop-fest against Columbia, too bad both couldn’t go home.

      1. gotanidea says:

        They intentionally played like that, because they have accepted their strengths and weaknesses

        They are not as good as the Colombians or Mexicans technically (shown by their bad first touches in World Cup), but they excel physically

        Therefore the 3-5-2 formation, diving and set-pieces strategy work really well with their height and speed. I feel they would go to the final with some dirty strategy, which would be good to face tricky/ dirty opponents like Neymar, Marcelo, etc

      2. A.ball08 says:

        Maybe you should do yourself a favour and switch over and watch tennis
        No one is forcing you to watch the wc.
        Me ..the further England go the better..regardless of critics like you slating them
        Come on England

  2. gotanidea says:

    Never saw these kids playing, but I hope to see someone as good as Maitland-Niles or better

    Does any of them have similar talent as Salah’s?

    1. Phil says:

      Emile Smith Rowe is the one to look out for.This boy JUST COULD be the next big thing to come through

  3. Wurah says:

    the Pre-season should be very exciting

  4. Chiza says:

    I see a very bright future for Nelson, Maitland niles,nketiah,smith Rowe,rene Adelaide,osei tutu, mavrapanos,holding and kelechi nwakali under a long coaching career of emery(if possible)…they are definitely our future and they look so great if all of them get matured enough to be superstars.. In no time my fellow arsenal fans i see these crop of players becoming the next Barcelona that dominated club football those years..let’s only pray for their positive progress…………….. By the way where is Omari Huctchison??????????????

  5. RSH says:

    Heard good things about Emile Smith-Rowe. I’d like to see us start producing some academy stars again. Bellerin the last to nail a spot in our XI. Hope this is the year Nelson kicks on too. He didn’t impress at all last season when he got chances to play, but he also comes with a big reputation.

  6. Chiza says:

    Arsenal needs to keep Omari Hutchinson in the arsenal system and give him the best love,attention,care and training he possibly needs(just like what Barcelona did for Messi)… We need to preserve the decorated future of Omari in arsenal if we truly want to remain a consistent super power… Omari is destined to one day be the best player in the world if he keeps working hard and with full time concentration on improving his game…we finally have a gem in our hands… We have our own Messi or Ronaldo

  7. JW says:

    Not a youngster but what about Lucas Perez? Does he have a chance to make the first team?

    1. Mwsupporter says:


      1. Ozziegunner says:

        In answer to JW, Mwsupporter you might be surprised. Maybe, Unai Emery with his knowledge of the Spanish League is well aware of Lucas Perez’s strengthes and weaknesses. He may see his future as a wide forward, rather than competition for Aubameyang and Lacazette; otherwise why was he called back for preseason training and not sold? There was interest from Lazio and other clubs.
        It must be remembered that Arsenal has a large calender of games in 2018/19 and young up and comers, together with established squad players will get opportunities due to injuries and rotation.

        1. Mwsupporter says:

          Hear what you say but the answers still no, I really don’t think I’ll be surprised.

  8. okiror says:

    OT. am seeing every line up now has Torreira cant we find another veteran specialist DM to help just incase Torreira gets Injured? alos we need acreative midfielder who is defensive and awinger so i need 3 more players. but overall iwill be happy with Torreira

    1. okiror says:

      oooh that creative but defensive midfielder might actually be AINSLEY NILES, SO iwill be happy with A SPECIALIST WINGER AND ANOTHER DM

  9. Innit says:

    Iwobi, welbeck, Xhaka and Eleny are @ll World Class!!!

    1. GunnerJack says:

      Ha ha ha ha – nice joke Innit. You certainly mad me smile!

  10. Francis says:

    Hello guys. Pls can someone pls tell Unai Emery to save the money for another winger and give Joel Campbell a chance? I really think Campbell can excel under Unai Emery

    1. Rorie says:

      I always thought Campbell would excel at LWB, most of his highlights are beating a man with skill or pace then crossing the ball…

      Plus he works very hard, so could fit the pressing mentality. But looks like hes heading out the door regardless.

  11. Enagic says:

    You guys need to stop overhype players who are not ready to play for Arsenal, wenger is gone and this kind of thinking should be over – thats why we have Emery now and he is bringing players who can hit a ground running – no more experiment players

    1. Ozziegunner says:

      ?but there will be opportunities for academy players to play, if good enough.

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