Although the signing of Mesut Ozil indicated that Arsenal are once again able to compete for the world's most valuable players, the club is still determined to make use of their successful youth academy.
Speaking at the club's AGM in 2013, manager Arsene Wenger insisted:
We make huge investments again in our youth policy. I believe that has to be the core and the strength of our club. If you go today through our squad, for example we have completed or partially educated Wojciech Szczesny, Carl Jenkinson, Kieran Gibbs, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Serge Gnabry — all these players who have made their debut in the Premier League with us.
They know how we want to play, they know how we want to behave and they bring their qualities and these values to the team.
Gnabry is one of several youngsters who are now exhibiting signs of being able to leave the youth system behind and graduate into fully fledged first-team members.
Over the next few slides we highlight six of the academy's most promising footballers and attempt to identify the opportunity for them to make their mark at senior level.