Why These 3 Youngsters May Be What Arsenal’s Midfield Needs

Gedion ZelalemArsenal’s search for an addition in midfield has led them to being linked to stars such as Cesc Fabregas, Clement Grenier, Lars Bender and Isco but the answer may be more close to home.

The Gunners have managed to create several stars from their own academy, Jack Wilshere being the latest player to work his way in to the first team and establish himself as a Premier League star. Arsenal have a few promising youngsters to call upon in their academy and might find the risk of playing them over buying someone established paying off.

Thomas Eisfield was bought to the club in January 2012 from Borussia Dortmund, the same club that produced the talent of Mario Gotze. His signing was deemed exciting when he first joined and showed great potential in the Asia tour last summer netting twice. However he has failed to move his way in to the side, making only one substitute appearance in the Capital One Cup. At 19, he still has plenty of years to develop and grow in to a leading player for club and country. Expect to see him on the Asia tour this year and don’t be surprised if he turns out to be a star performer.

Serge Gnabry was also signed from Germany last year and quickly made an impression. He is one of the youngest players in the U21 side at 17 and has already played in the Capital One Cup, Premier League and Champions League, all as substitutes. He is a pacy attacker likened to Arsenal’s very own Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. His involvement in the first team was stopped short as injury took over his season but with him back fit, he should be well on his way to establishing himself in the first team.

Gedion Zelalem was found playing in America when Danny Karbassiyon found him and bought him to Arsenal. His debut for the U21s (at only 16) was highly anticipated and he did not disappoint. He will probably not break in to the first team next season because of his age but his talent suggests he could make an impact. Jack Wilshere was slowly integrated in to the side after his emergence and Zelalem has received similar hype. He might be involved in pre-season to show what he can do and if he carries his form in to that then a Capital One Cup spot could well be his.

The other positive is all three players have played together and played well. Wenger will be aware of the talent he has in the club’s U21s and below and will be no doubt trying a few of them in pre-season before deciding to dip in the transfer market.

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  1. Wenger is living in a deceitful life, Arsenal board/fans shoul encourage him 2 buy matured players that can bring silverwares 2 the club..

  2. why should wenger keep on signing young ones we need mature people to give us tropies

  3. All these are mere speculations and nothing more than fans expressing their opinions. Wenger has not spoken, so it is too early to judge.

  4. Don’t be fooled by the silence, AW is approaching the players he needs and is not sitting idle i can assure you. It seems he has approached Dortmund about Lewandoski according to DE newspapers and Moenchengladbach for a GK and RB (in case Sagna leaves).
    Now if this is true i don’t know, but reading it makes me think something must be going on there. As we know many approaches do not see the light of day if the player is not interested, but be sure AW is giving names to the board and only when the player is interested does he get to sit down with them.

  5. i support wenger in terms of grooming young starz but he shud as wel add abt 4 old heads to coordinate the young lads and glory shal be ours next season.

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