The first international break of the season is here and some of the Arsenal youngsters that haven’t been called up by their countries could be presented with opportunities to impress Unai Emery and the first-team coaching staff.
This process worked particularly well for Zech Medley last season, with the defender getting named on the bench in the Premier League after impressing in training while others were unavailable.
Here’s a look at three players who could benefit this time around.
Clarke has quickly established himself as an important player for Arsenal U23s this season, featuring frequently at the heart of the defence.
The 18-year-old, who joined from Ipswich Town as a schoolboy, possesses impressive leadership qualities and, while he is most at home at centre-back, is also capable of playing at right-back or in midfield if required.
Tormey (pictured) previously endured much misfortune with injuries but he now appears to be over those problems, with the winger having been a regular in the starting lineup for the U23s since the appointment of Steve Bould.
Quick and skilful, Tormey isn’t especially strong physically but could take advantage of the fact that many of the first-team’s wide options are on international duty.
Another winger, Coyle’s stock has fallen somewhat in recent years, to the extent that he wasn’t called up to represent England at youth level this month.
Coyle still possesses some quality, however, and will be eager to show Emery that he deserves to at least make the bench in some of the cup games this season.