Arsenal wonderkids who could save Arteta millions

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The Gunners have some incredible young talent coming through the ranks to follow in the footsteps of Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe

Arsenal has always been a club that prides itself on the opportunities it gives young players.

Time and time again we’ve seen youngsters come through in north London and force their way into the first team.

From the likes of David Rocastle and Michael Thomas under George Graham, to current homegrown stars Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka, the list is endless.

But who could be next to emerge from the Gunners' youth ranks at Hale End to make a name for themselves at the Emirates Stadium?

GOAL takes a look...

  1. Charlie Patino
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    Charlie Patino

    Arsenal’s highly rated young midfielder has already given fans a glimpse of what he can do.

    Expectation has been growing around Patino for the past couple of years, such have been the quality of his performances while progressing through the ranks at Hale End.

    And he did little to lessen the hype when he scored just 10 minutes into his first-team debut last season, coming off the bench to net against Sunderland in the Carabao Cup quarter-final.

    The 18-year-old has yet to feature in the Premier League, but opportunities could soon come, with Mikel Arteta expected to integrate him even more closely into the first-team picture during the coming campaign.

    A classy midfielder with excellent technique, Patino is best operating in a No.8 type role, although he is comfortable playing in a number of midfield positions.

  2. Omari Hutchinson

    Omari Hutchinson

    A winger who produced his own personal highlight reel last season, such was the quality of the goals he scored for the Under-23s.

    Hutchinson is a player who is known for the spectacular, whether it be for his outrageously good technique and trickery, or his ability to beat players while running at them with pace.

    The 18-year-old was on the first-team bench several times towards the end of the 2021-22 campaign, but never got on to make his senior debut.

    That could happen this season, however, should Arsenal opt to keep him around the squad during the first half of the season rather than sending him out on loan.

  3. Marcelo Flores
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    Marcelo Flores

    Another Arsenal youngster who loves the spectacular.

    Flores had to bide his time during the early weeks of last season, but enjoyed a breakthrough year after he was finally given his opportunity to impress with the Under-23s.

    The attacking midfielder can play across the forward line, and although he has yet to make his senior debut for the Gunners, he has won his first senior cap for Mexico and could feature at this year’s World Cup.

    Flores, like Patino and Hutchinson, is expected to travel with Arteta’s squad for the upcoming summer tour of the United States in pre-season and will be looking to make his mark.

    It is expected he will stay at Arsenal during the first half of the season rather than go out on loan as he could get some game time in the Europa League group stage, as well as in the early rounds of the Carabao Cup.

  4. Lino Sousa
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    Lino Sousa

    The decision not to hand young left-back Joel Lopez a new contract this summer caused plenty of surprise amongst the Arsenal fanbase.

    But those who saw the performances that Lino Sousa produced following his move from West Brom in January will understand why Lopez was allowed to leave.

    Sousa was hugely impressive for the U23s during the second half of last season and has already established himself as one of the most exciting young prospects at Hale End during his short time with the club.

    The 17-year-old left-back will look to really kick on this season, and Lopez’s exit should mean he should start almost every game in Premier League 2 during the current campaign.

  5. Brooke Norton-Cuffy

    Brooke Norton-Cuffy

    The 18-year-old who has just been named Arsenal’s scholar of 2022.

    Norton-Cuffy was loaned to Lincoln City in January and received rave reviews for his performances in League One.

    The teenage right-back adapted to senior football impressively and could well be given his chance by Arteta during the first half of the current campaign.

    A final decision has yet to be taken over Norton-Cuffy’s short-term future, but should he stay rather than go out on loan, he could be given game time in the Europa League or Carabao Cup.

    Arsenal are not overly blessed with backup for Takehiro Tomiyasu, and if Norton-Cuffy continues on his current trajectory, it would be no surprise to see him move ahead of Cedric Soares in the pecking order sooner rather than later.

  6. Marquinhos

    Marquinhos

    Arsenal will hope that Marquinhos can follow a similar path in north London as the one trodden by Gabriel Martinelli.

    The 19-year-old winger has been signed from Sao Paulo as ‘one for the future’, but that is exactly how Martinelli was billed when he arrived as an unknown from Ituano.

    Within months, Martinelli announced himself to the world in style and has gone on to become a key player under Arteta.

    Arsenal will now be hoping that Marquinhos, signed for just £3 million, can do similar in north London.

  7. Mika Biereth

    Mika Biereth

    Signed from Fulham in 2021, Danish striker Biereth had an impressive first season in north London.

    He scored 11 goals in 21 Premier League 2 fixtures for the Gunners' U23s and made a big impression behind the scenes.

    The 19-year-old has impressed Arteta with his finishing abilities and it would be no surprise to see him handed an opportunity with the first team at some point during the current season.

  8. Salah-Eddine Oulad M'Hand

    Salah-Eddine Oulad M'Hand

    Signed from Feyenoord in 2020, Salah-Eddine endured a miserable first season at Arsenal due to injury.

    But he showed why he is so highly-rated last season with some impressive performances following his return to full fitness.

    His displays for the U23s caught the attention of Arteta, who rewarded the midfielder with a call-up to the first-team squad for the game against AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup.

    Salah-Eddine even caught the eye of former Arsenal star Jack Wilshere, who spent some time coaching at youth level during his spell back at the club last season.

    “There’s a boy called Salah who is really good coming through,” Wilshere said, when asked to name some of the best young talents at Arsenal.

  9. Khayon Edwards

    Khayon Edwards

    There was a real chance Arsenal could have lost Edwards this summer.

    With his contract up, there was widespread interest in the forward - including from Chelsea - but the Gunners managed to convince him to sign a new deal.

    Edwards will now look to kick on and take the impressive form he showed for the U18s last season - where he scored 16 goals in as many games - up to U23s level.

    He might have to bide his time as he will be competing with Biereth, but Arsenal undoubtedly have a big talent on their hands when it comes to the teenage forward.