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Arsenal host Shrewsbury Town at the Emirates on September 20, as they unleash their younger talents upon the League Two side. Arsene Wenger came under incredible heat for his underwhelming signings early in the summer.
Players like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Carl Jenkinson and Ryo Miyaichi did not exactly quench supporters’ thirst for fresh blood and talent. Wenger later made adequate moves to help the squad with not only talent but experience as well.
However, the Carling Cup typically has been a place for Arsenal’s youth to shine and prove to the boss that they are ready for first-team action all the while showcasing their development. While all three of the previous named players are included in the first team, they do not crack the starting XI unless circumstances call for it.
Given Arsenal plays a League Two side in Shrewsbury Town, the three new boys can showcase their talents and provide a glimpse into what they could bring to the first team in the future. Ryo came off of a loan spell in the Dutch league with rave reviews.
His blazing speed and skill on the ball impressed Wenger enough to push him through to the first team and allowed him to travel on their Asian tour.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has been a target for Arsenal for some time now, drawing comparisons to Theo Walcott with his speed and Southampton beginnings.
Both youngsters should amaze in their Carling Cup debuts for the club, possibly even bagging a goal or two.