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Four Arsenal starlets who could be the club’s future, including ‘New Xhaka’



The sun is currently shining on Arsenal and fans are enjoying every moment of the club’s best ever start to a Premier League season.

Mikel Arteta, who has failed to qualify for the Champions League since the 2016-17 season, has guided the Gunners to the top of the Premier League as the Spaniard seeks their first title since 2004.

But he doesn’t just fly the first team. Arsenal’s young guns also offer high hopes for the future.

Arsenal’s 4-2 win over Watford in a youth FA Cup match on Monday night got the fans talking. The game was streamed live on YouTube, with some impressive players in red and white.

We’ve taken a look at some of Hale End’s most exciting prospects looking to make it big in the Emirates.

Ethan Nwanari (15)

One of only two players to make this list for the Arsenal first team is attacking midfielder Nwaneri.

The 15-year-old made history in September last year when he came on as a substitute in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Brentford.

Ethan Nwanari

His cameo made him the youngest player to play in the English top flight at 15 years and 181 days. After the match, Arteta expressed his admiration for the England U17 player, saying: “The first time I met him I looked into his eyes and I had that feeling. I really liked what I saw.” .

Though he hasn’t broken into the first team since, Nwaneri continues to impress in the youth ranks, scoring seven goals in 14 appearances in all competitions this season.

His form has earned him interest from both Manchester City and Chelsea.

Amario Cozier-Duberry (17)

Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat at Everton on Saturday was Cozier-Duberry’s second time on the bench under Arteta, and under perhaps different circumstances he made his debut.

The versatile winger, dubbed ‘the best in Hale End’ by scout Jacek Kulig, has been compared to England’s Player of the Year Bukayo Saka. Soon after signing a new contract with the club, Cozier-Duberry gained minutes in friendlies against Milan, Juventus and Lyon during the World Cup break.

His two penalties against Watford on Monday add to his nine goals in all competitions this season.

Myles Lewis Skelly (16)

Next on the Hale End conveyor belt is Lewis-Skelly.

The midfielder, who can play as a number eight or a number six, made himself known to Arsenal fans with a formidable performance against the Hornets.

Myles Lewis Skelly

Match compilations of him are circulating on Twitter, leaving fans drooling over the midfielder’s lightning-fast feet. On one occasion, Lewis-Skelly won the ball on the halfway line and got into the Watford defence, beating several players before winning a penalty for his side.

Fans are hoping the Gunners can sign him on a permanent contract soon, as the club are currently looking for winning central midfielders.

Charlie Patino (19)

Nicknamed the new Granit Xhaka, Patino is the most experienced player of the group, having played and scored for Arsenal in the EFL Cup last season.

Charlie Patino

He has spent this season on loan at Blackpool, where he is showcasing his versatility and range of passing in midfield.

Scout Brian Stapleton described watching Patino at a young age, saying, “For all the years that I’ve scouted, he’s the best guy I’ve ever seen,” he told Goal. High praise indeed. But Patino has long threatened to join the first team and his time could be near as fans demand an end to his loan spell and the player’s return to the Emirates.