Arsenal have produced talented prospects in recent years and there has long been a feeling that the club’s crop of players who signed scholarships in 2020 contains several people who could potentially move up to first-team level.
Charlie Patino is the most prominent player in this group, with the midfielder, who has an excellent passing range, in contention to make his first-team competitive debut against AFC Wimbledon tonight.
There are also high hopes for Omari Hutchinson, with the winger having adapted perfectly to playing for U23 after excelling for U18 last season.
Then there’s Marcelo Flores, who is eligible to represent Mexico or Canada, with the creative prospect having been in great shape for the U18s.
Brooke Norton-Cuffy, meanwhile, had started the season well at the U23 right-back before an injury brought him to a halt.
Zane Monlouis has a lot of playing experience for U23 despite being 17 years old and striker Khayon Edwards excelled for U18.
Jack Henry-Francis was involved in the first team in the preseason and likes to dictate the game with his passing.
Creative midfielder Charles Sagoe Jr struggled to find playing time for the U18s last season but has really stepped up this campaign.
There are plenty of other prospects as well, including goalkeeper Remy Mitchell, defenders Taylor Foran, Zach Awe and Henry Jeffcott in addition to midfielders such as James Sweet, Mauro Bandeira and Luigi Gaspar and forward Billy Vigar.
Considering the number of players in this squad, it’s clear that not all of them will be able to succeed at Arsenal but there is a good chance that at least one or two of them will eventually break through in the first team.
All of the players in this group are between the ages of 17 and 18, so they will need to be given time to develop, but it is certainly a very exciting culture.