This has certainly been a significant season for both Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah.
Prior to this campaign neither player had featured for the first-team yet they have now amassed 14 and eight competitive senior appearances respectively and have both featured in the Premier League.
Given that Arsenal have such a small first-team squad at present, both players have remained on the fringes of proceedings throughout the course of the campaign and Nketiah has been a regular on the bench in the Premier League of late.
It will be intriguing to see what the next steps are for both players and there have been suggestions this week that Arsenal could loan the pair out next season in an attempt to further their development.
If this course of action is taken then there needs to be much research involved in order to find clubs who not only play in a similar style to Arsenal but who are also prepared to give Nelson and Nketiah regular playing time.
So many talented Arsenal youngsters have failed to make an impact out on loan in recent years, with bad club selection often playing a major part.
With Nelson, of course, there is also the rather pertinent issue of his contractual situation as his current deal expires in the summer of 2019 and he isn’t close to agreeing fresh terms.
Perhaps the England youth international will follow the path of Marcus McGuane, who recently joined Barcelona’s B team from Arsenal’s academy, and elect to continue his career elsewhere, but the Gunners must try their utmost to prevent such a situation from happening.
Nelson, despite still being rather raw, is the standout player that the academy has produced of late and possesses vast potential. If he was to leave then, irrespective of whether he succeeds at another club, it would be sending out a rather concerning message that another high quality prospect feels his development is best served away from Emirates Stadium
Nketiah, on the other hand, is tied down for the short term at least and it will be intriguing to see how he progresses.
The striker has scored with regularity at all the age groups he has played at so far and now the aim will be for him to take that onto the senior stage.
Nketiah has already demonstrated with his spectacular appearance against Norwich City in the Carabao Cup that he is capable of making an impact for the first-team and it is hoped that he can prove he can perform consistently under pressure.
This season has been a successful one for both Nelson and Nketiah as far as their development is concerned but what happens next campaign could well be very important in terms of dictating whether they succeed at Arsenal or not.