Which of Arsenal’s new young British Core could become regulars for England?

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?

Carl Jenkinson
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.

Eddie Nketiah
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.

Joe Willock
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.

Reiss Nelson
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.

Ainsley Maltiand-Niles
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?

Dan Smith

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Updated: September 8, 2018 — 11:40 am


  1. Based on their performances in the previous matches, I think Maitland-Niles, Nelson, Chambers, Holding and Smith-Rowe can provide decent competitions for the current first team non-English players

  2. Maitland-Niles for me!!!

    1. Same ,kids got it all just wish these managers would play him where most fans want him to play ,in the middle of the park .

      1. AMN showed at Old Trafford that he thrives as a central midfielder.This boy COULD be good.

  3. I hope that Chambers is a loan and will be part of the long term plans, he has quality which could help us play Emeryball and I want to see him do well.

    Try to think about how much gametime he would have had with us, behind Mustafi and Sokratis… Who are the starting CB pair under Emery. Would he have enough time to keep developing?

    I am hoping that this loan is just cause we have Kos who is looking to return early and Sokratis who is 30, a pair of aged CBs who could be gone in a couple years… In those two years we need to get Holding and Chambers along with Mavrop to step up, to fill the voids that will come in time.

    Kos might go at the end of this season and Sokratis may only last 1 more season after.
    I hope Holding gets chance for a loan next season while Chambers comes in and uses the time he had on loan to fight for a starting sport, 12 months later let Holding come back and fight for a starting spot. Mavrop will be in the mix as well so it could be AFC long term plan, a way to get quality in a few years without spending £70+ million.

    1. I wished Arsenal sold Xhaka before this season started and used Chambers as the DM instead, because he has good skills, stature and mobility

      But apparently they see Chambers as a future CB

  4. AMN will make it for sure.

  5. AMN is the only one that has really impressed me. Smith-Rowe has only played in friendlies, where even the likes of Sanogo can look quality, so we’ll have to wait for competitive games before we can assess him, but he certainly looks to have a lot of potential.

    Our other English players are either averge, or rubbish.

    1. Or maybe still maturing, ThirdmanJW?
      AMN will make it as a DM.

  6. Nketah will get games for England, he has allot of competition and there’s always youngsters coming through. That lad Rashford off utd looked to be destined for an international role, but after seeing him with Mourinho and now looking at Nketiah, I would not swap. Nketiah looks to have that instinct that you cannot teach.

    Niles is very blessed all round, these are my fav types, a long way to go still but if he desires it enough he could become an absolute monster player.

    Chambers is playing a position that England usually bring through strong players, not too many have been ball playing ones though. So Chambers has that on his side, with enough game time he should become a fairly reliable player.

    Smith Rowe has allot of talent, but I haven’t seen nearly enough of him to be confident one way or the other. I’m hopeful that he is as talented as our side say he is. They say he’s the next or the English De Bruyne, I really hope its true.

    Nelson is a tricky player, certainly has some dribbling ability and he’s quick, needs allot more work on his all round game perhaps. He should graft more, like Niles, that would put him in good stead because we know the boy can trouble defenders but we don’t get an impression that he hates to lose.

    Holding is a difficult one, he looked tremendous in his first season, he could still become a very good player but if he stays at Arsenal I see him becoming no more than a utility player.

    Bielik didn’t get a mention, he made the team of the week in his last game. I still have hopes for Bielik, he looks to have the attributes but for whatever reason it just hasn’t clicked. His current coach said of him ..he (Bielik) thinks its normal to go past one, two, three players and then pass it out, we have to teach him how its really done, because that is not normal at the men’s level of football.

    Nketiah & Niles are the two I’m most confident with, they have certain traits that you have to admire.

    1. Bielik unfortunately has been cursed by injuries; still young and will come good.

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