Arsenal: 6 Young Gunners Who Could Break out Next Season
There's plenty of young talent in the Arsenal squad and a few of those youngsters could be set for a breakout season with the club.
In 2012/13, Carl Jenkinson took the honors in that category. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain emerged in the previous season.
Arsene Wenger is well-known for sculpting talent, with current youngsters like Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs playing an important role in the side.
The majority of these players have all made first-team appearances for the club already, but, of course, whether or not they have a breakout season depends on a variety of factors.
Some of these players may go on loan while others may not. Either way, they could be set up for a coming-out party.
Essentially, these players will deliver performances that make them a regular inclusion in the Arsenal side. If they are on loan, their performances will put them in serious contention.
Here are the six young Gunners who could break out next season.
Serge Gnabry is one of the brightest prospects in Arsenal's youth setup.
The German attacking midfielder has pace, dribbling skills and bags of confidence.
He appeared four times for Arsenal during the 2012/13 season and was generally impressive in these outings.
Wenger has no problem playing young talents early, and with the Gunners needing some more drive from the flank, Gnabry could see himself with more playing time.
With players like Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott and others to learn from, Gnabry has a great chance of breaking out in the 2013/14 season.
A loan to a Championship or lesser EPL side wouldn't be the worst thing, either, as Gnabry has the talent to shine if utilized and nurtured properly.
If Thomas Vermaelen does leave, as suggested by the Daily Mail, then Miquel will be the fourth option in central defense for the Gunners.
The Spanish youngster has featured 14 times for Arsenal so far in his career, mostly at left-back, and has made a decent account of himself.
Despite a lack of pace, he shows composure and ball skills that you would expect from someone nurtured at Barcelona.
A loan deal may be the best option for Miquel and he has what it takes to succeed.
According to Sky Sports, Bacary Sagna may leave Arsenal this summer.
That would leave Carl Jenkinson and Hector Bellerin as the first options for the right-back position, with Nico Yennaris also in contention.
Jenkinson has impressed during the 2012/13 season, but Bellerin would give him tough competition for a spot.
The Spanish youngster was great during the NextGen Series with his pace and energy. He's also been constantly improving.
Even if Arsenal signs a right-back to replace Sagna, Bellerin may have a chance to make his case for more first-team involvement.
Thomas Eisfeld's nose for goal and excellent technical skills may see him get quite a few more chances next season.
The 20-year-old German attacking midfielder has impressed time and again since joining Arsenal in January of 2012.
He scored twice during preseason for the Gunners and played an important role in the magnificent Cup comeback victory over Reading.
He does have plenty of competition for a regular role in the squad, with Thomas Rosicky, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla all ahead of him.
With Cazorla and Wilshere's ability to play in different positions, Eisfeld may just get some opportunites to strut his stuff during the season.
Ryo Miyaichi's star dropped a little this season after a poor spell at Wigan.
While that wasn't all his fault—injuries and Roberto Martinez's seeming reluctance to play him certainly played a part in that—one has to wonder how he will respond.
Miyaichi presents plenty of place and is the Gunners' most natural option for a position on the wing.
His ability to play on either wing, and use either foot, makes him even more of an asset.
He has yet to spend a full season with Arsenal and may just blossom as a result.
Francis Coquelin is the old man of the group, but at 22, he's still young enough to be considered for this list.
He did well at the start of the 2011/12 season and has the ability to become an important player for the Gunners.
The French midfielder may have been expected to make his break in 2012/13, but the form of his peers during various times this season effectively ended that possibility.
Coquelin still has all the attributes necessary to be a great defensive midfielder for the club and he can step into the void if no one is signed during the summer.