2020 has been a fantastic year for Arsenal’s youngsters. Bukayo Saka, Joe Willock, Eddie Nketiah, Reiss Nelson and Emile Smith Rowe have all made huge strides at the top level, and it is safe to say that our future is bright.
Saka in particular has been incredible. He has often been our best player this season, even when he is surrounded by senior players. The teenager should be an inspiration to other youngsters coming through the ranks at the club.
Mikel Arteta has shown that he isn’t afraid to give opportunities to kids when they deserve it. Arsenal have a number of gems coming through and here are three of them who we think will follow Saka’s footsteps to the senior squad in 2021.
The 18-year-old midfielder came on for the final seven minutes against Dundalk in the Europa League last month and he made a massive impression in such little time.
Azeez is arguably our brightest prospect at the moment. He is excellent on the ball, has an eye for a pass and is extremely composed. He has a massive future at Arsenal ahead of him and don’t be surprised if Arteta gives him many more chances this year.
The Swedish teenager joined us in the summer and has made a big impression already. Moller has three goals and an assist in six starts in the Premier League 2 this season, and he is one player Arteta should keep an eye on.
Standing at 6ft 4in tall, Moller offers something different to all other strikers we have at the moment. His ex-coach even compared him to Arsenal icon Kanu (101 Great Goals), and if he can perform anywhere near as well as the legendary Nigerian did, a first-team opportunity will pop up soon.
Still only 17, Patino is one player who Arsenal’s staff are really excited about. The Englishman with Spanish roots is making huge strides behind the scenes, and people who have watched him claim that he is better than Jack Wilshere was at his age.
Patino has already caught the Arsenal boss’ eye. He is often seen training with the first-team and his father boldly claimed back in November that ‘Arteta and all the technicians love him’. (Read more here)