Just like at the World Cup, Danny Welbeck is the only Arsenal representative in the England squad. Most likely he won’t be a gooner this time next year with Emery probably looking to offload him in January. Over the last few transfer windows, we have seen for various reasons English talent leave the club. Mostly this was their choice, leaving in search of first team action, with their careers stagnating.
So we now rely mainly on our home grown talent to meet the quota needed by Premiership rules. Perhaps the last great thing Arsene Wenger contributed was promoting talent from our academy. The only benefit of being in the Europa Leauge is it gave our youth minutes they may not of got otherwise. Do we have anyone though suitable to one day feature for the Three Lions regularly?
Clinging on to his dream by a thread. Injuries have ensured that once his contract expires he will have to accept dropping down divisions to rebuild his confidence. Suddenly his decision to not represent Finland seems a mistake, more likely to get into their squads then to add to his one and only England cap. That’s how well his career was once developing.
Jumped into the limelight with two goals against Norwich in the League Cup, which showed he has the right mentality for this level. Of course though you can’t judge a player based on two headers vs lower League opposition, but by all accounts though he’s been tearing it up for the Under 23 with an impressive goal to game ratio for all under age groups.
Arsenal are renowned for giving youth an opportunity and I expect a loan switch will be part of his development.
Premature but performances in pre-season could indicate he’s the next gem to break through. You never know how an individual will react to the occasion but where some in the same situation might just want to not make a mistake, Rowe showed the bravery of wanting the ball, willing to take risks. His peers immediately trusted him and he fitted in seemlessly. Kind draws in the Carabao Cup and Europa might be another platform for his reputation to grow.
Leadership qualities praised in the youth set up and hasn’t disgraced himself the limited times called up to senior squad. Didn’t look out of place on the oversees tour and plays in a position where there could be an opening. With Nelson loaned out and Niles injured, more playing time in the cups could open up his career.
Out of all our academy prospects Nelson had the most fan fare and hewas the Premier League 2 Player-Of-The-Year last season. Yet unlike Niles didn’t really show the personality he did in the Under 23. In his defence he was asked to often play out of position with Arsene Wenger insisting that learning new roles was good for his education. He shouldn’t be expecting any guarantees and we have a good enough track record to be trusted that he’ll be given a fair chance.
No coincidence that his best spell with us was the only time he got a consistent run in the side. An unlikely stunning FA Cup Final performance led many to view his capture from Bolton a bargain. At such a young age, it’s only natural that the defender would struggle for consistency. He was badly let down last season by more experienced centre backs being below par. It was asking too much for him to feature every 5 games without a settled back four around him, but he is yet to show if he has the ball playing skills that Southgate seems obsessed with.
I was impressed with Chambers in the back end of the last campaign. Good enough on the ball that there’s even the possibility of him playing in midfield. A loan to Fulham has left it unclear what Emery’s opinion is of him. Is it a reflection of the managers view on his abilities or part of a longer term plan? Could be a make or break a year for him.
Hope the injury is not too serious because out of all of the graduates from our academy he was the most impressive.
Showed pace and strength even when not playing in his natural position. His injury came at the worst time but as long as that’s not an issue he can make a midfield spot his own.
Who do you think will make it?