Kyle Ebecilio is a rising talent who must soon merit first team consideration. The young Dutch ace recently won the best player of the tournament award at the under-17 World Cup. This award was previously bestowed on the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Wayne Rooney.
An all-around midfielder, Ebecilio possesses the kind of complete game that could help him quickly master the transition to top level football.
A decent tackler with sound positional awareness, Ebecilio is capable of marshaling the midfield and effectively shielding the back four.
He has the technique and guile to open up a defense from deep. With a varied passing range and excellent vision, Ebecilio can create many favourable attacking opportunities for the Arsenal forward line.
The pressure is on Arsene Wenger to spend. The loss of Fabregas and Nasri has made strengthening the midfield a priority.
Wenger's decision to include Nasri in the squad for tomorrow's clash with Liverpool has failed to quell speculation regarding Nasri's imminent move to Manchester City.
If Arsenal are serious about competing for the top prizes, then Wenger needs to spend on established quality to prove that intent.
But if Arsenal are truly committed to youth then promoting a promising youngster is the most appropriate way forward. There are plenty of talented young players at the club who deserve the chance to shine.
A clear direction must be settled on or Arsenal risk remaining in a troubling state of flux and stagnating.
Arsene Wenger must decide what the club's priorities are for this season and beyond.