Arsenal's 4 Youth Players Who Could Be Future Stars
Arsenal have the reputation of relying on youthful talent in recent seasons. However, the club's consistency in the Premier League shows that the youth the club currently possess are indeed talented.
Players like Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Carl Jenkinson all have demonstrated why manager Arsene Wenger rates them so highly.
Still, there is a great amount of talent currently playing in the youth development team.
The following is a list of players who have the chance to be future Arsenal stars.
Emmanuel Frimpong (CDM, 21)
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Emmanuel Frimpong has had an unlucky season. He has been plagued by a number of different injuries, but if he can successfully navigate a way back to full fitness, the 21-year-old could turn into a big Arsenal contributor.
Arsenal is in desperate need of a defensive midfielder. The Gunners enjoyed their best run of form when Abou Diaby was fully fit and shielding the back four admirably.
Of course, Diaby has been injured throughout the season as well.
In his early games with the first team, Frimpong asserted himself in the midfield. He's not one to shy away from a challenge, and he likes a tackle.
If he can maintain his fitness, he'll be a big contributor for the Gunners in the future.
Ignasi Miquel (CB, 20)
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Ignasi Miquel is one of the more experienced players in our list. The Spaniard has made 14 appearances for the first team throughout his Arsenal career.
Miquel is a central defender, and he's played in both the Premier League and the Champions League. His ability to win the ball is worth taking note of, and he also is quick to track back.
Miquel has looked in over his head at times, but he is very young. Getting the early experience that he's been able to get, considering he's only 20 years old, will be a great asset to him.
Furthermore, the club's defense is finally playing better. If Miquel can learn some good habits from the likes of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, his future at Arsenal will be very bright, indeed.
Thomas Eisfeld (CAM, 20)
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Thomas Eisfeld was lured away from German club Borussia Dortmund as a youngster and has since made one appearance in the Arsenal first team.
He's represented Germany at the youth levels of international football, which is not a bad nation to have attached to you CV.
Eisfeld has lit up the academy side this season. His contributions and performances have all been outstanding. A natural-born attacker, the German is best when moving forward.
On the ball, he's always looking ahead and trying to move the play up the pitch. His game resembles a lot of Tomas Rosicky's. Eisfeld is a very positive midfielder who, with a little more maturity, would play very well alongside the likes of Santi Cazorla and Wilshere.
Carl Jenkinson (RB, 21)
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I don't think that it's possible to love Arsenal and not be a huge fan of Carl Jenkinson at the moment. The right-back stepped in while Bacary Sagna was out injured and performed exceptionally well.
In my opinion, I would rather see Jenkinson starting just because I think this kind of experience would be invaluable for the young lad.
At times, his determination has been as high as any other player's this season. His desire to win the ball and move forward is fantastic.
His crossing still leaves a bit to desired, but he appears to be a more complete player that Bacary Sagna. Granted, this has not been a standout season for the Frenchman.
It would not surprise me to see Wenger sell Sagna because of how great Jenkinson has been this season. Of course, this would not be ideal because Arsenal need to keep all the quality players that they can.
Jenkinson, coupled with Aaron Ramsey, has been one of my favorite players to watch in our recent run of games, dating back to the Champions League tie with Bayern Munich.
I think that Carl Jenkinson has a very bright future at Arsenal Football Club.