This time last year there was much speculation regarding Yunus Musah’s future as the talented young midfielder was heavily linked with Juventus.
Musah, the standout prospect of Arsenal’s crop of youngsters born during the 2002/03 campaign, instead elected to stay with the Gunners for his final season as a schoolboy.
It proved to be an inspired choice, with Musah gaining much experience at U18 level, which included him featuring in the FA Youth Cup.
Musah was subsequently offered a scholarship deal with Arsenal for next season, which would see him sign professional terms when he turns 17.
However, the youngster has yet to commit his future to the club and there has been renewed uncertainty regarding Musah in recent days after he was heavily linked with Valencia.
Most suited to operating as a deep-lying midfielder, Musah can also play as a number ten, on either flank, or even up front.
Like most Hale End graduates, the 16-year-old is excellent technically, while he is also capable of pushing forwards regularly to excellent effect.
Losing Musah would undoubtedly be a blow for Arsenal given the quality that he possesses, but he couldn’t be begrudged the opportunity to test himself elsewhere.
If Musah does end up departing then Arsenal will be able to console themselves with the fact that they would still have a highly regarded England youth international midfielder in next year’s scholarship intake in the form of Miguel Azeez.
Azeez may not be exactly the same type of player as Musah but he is another individual to watch out for and also featured for the U18s last campaign.
Ideally, though, Arsenal would retain the services of both Musah and Azeez, with the duo seen within the club as having the quality to eventually break into the first-team squad.