Arsenal have missed out on the chance to sign young midfielder Tyrese Noubissie.

As reported by Fabrizio Romano, Manchester City look to have sealed a deal to sign Leicester City youth prospect Tyrese Noubissie, who was also being tracked by Arsenal, Chelsea, and Newcastle United.

According to The Secret Scout, Liverpool and Manchester United also identified Noubissie, who was born in 2008, as one of the most exciting prospects in his age group.

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The young midfielder is clearly a very promising talent, given the stature of the clubs that have been vying for his signature.

Per Mertesacker, the former Arsenal centre-back who is now head of the Gunners’ academy, will be disappointed not to have been able to lure Noubissie to Hale End. However, the future still looks bright for Arsenal. There are plenty of young players coming through the ranks in north London aiming to follow the likes of Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, Eddie Nketiah, and Reiss Nelson into Mikel Arteta’s first team.

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Nwaneri leading the youthful charge

The most exciting prospects amongst Arsenal’s current crop of first year scholars are Ethan Nwaneri and Myles Lewis-Skelly. 

16-year-old Nwaneri, born in 2007, has already had a taste of Premier League action. He made his debut in the competition on September 18th 2022, when at the age of 15 years and 181 days he came on off the bench against Brentford, becoming the youngest player in Arsenal’s, and the competition’s, history in the process.

Nwaneri hasn’t featured for the first team since, but like Lewis-Skelly he has regularly trained with Arteta’s squad, and he recently committed his future to the Gunners. A pathway to the first team squad is there for Nwaneri and so far he has made plenty of progress towards taking it.

Despite missing out on Noubissie, there are still plenty of reasons for optimism for Mertesacker and Arsenal at academy level.

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