For Arsenal, The Future Is Now.
With today's news that Kolo Toure was sold to Manchester City FC for £16 million ($26 million), an era at Arsenal was ended.
And with word that Emmanuel Eboue was due to be sold to Fiorentina in Italy for £9 million ($15 million), another tenured player is making his exit.
But with all the experienced players leaving this summer, it has allowed some of the talented Arsenal youngsters to battle for a first team spot.
Here are a few players who will benefit from the new openings.
The young French wing back spent last season on loan at Portsmouth, where he got a good amount of playing time. He has alot of pace down the sides, and has been capped for the U-19 and U-21 France national teams. He should get some more playing time this season, in the league cup, as well as filling in for injury.
The young midfield maestro produced some brilliant performances for Arsenal last season in the league cup as well as in the reserves and with the U-18s on their way to winning the FA Youth Cup. This season, after signing a new three-year contract, the 17-year-old should see more time with the first team. His sublime skill with the ball at his feet is sure to give him a spot on the field for League Cup games as well as maybe on the bench for the Premiership
The Mexican striker should now be ready to step into the first team for the whole season, and should be getting plenty of playing time. The 20 year old has alot of promise, and has showed it in the Cup competitions, Premiership, and with the Mexican National Team. He especially sparkled in the Gold Cup that Mexico just won. If he has a good pre-season, he might just get himself into the starting lineup.
The Welshman, who at just 18 is already a full international for Wales, spent a tough year last year, with his age showing and having a tough time in the reserves and sitting on the bench. But this season he signed a new long term contract, and looks primed to break into the first team this season.
Hopefully Arsene Wenger will still sign some new players to replace the ones that were sold, but he obviously has alot of faith in the youth product, and hopefully they will have learned from their mistakes last year, and show improvement.
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