Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Yaya Sanogo and Serge Gnabry have all been included on the shortlist for the 2013 Golden Boy award.
The prize, which was founded in 2003 by Italian sports publication Tuttosport, celebrates the best young football talents in Europe and has previously crowned the likes of Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Cesc Fabregas.
There are a total 40 nominees for the gong, some names more familiar the others, with the Gunners three contenders representing the most from any single club.
Given Gnabry’s relative inexperience, Chamberlain’s injury problems since August and Sanogo having played only a handful of minutes since moving to England it’s questionable whether any of the Arsenal lads actually deserve the gong, but it’s a nice tip of the cap to the club’s scouting team all the same.
Other Premier League youngsters also nominated include Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku and Omeruo (?), Liverpool’s Tiago Ilori (?), Manchester City’s Matiji Nastasic and Manchester United’ Adnan Januzaj. There are no Spurs players on the list. None. Not a single one.
You can vote for the 2013 Golden Boy awards here. We suggest dousing yourself in creamy biasedness and voting for a Gooner.