Four young Gunners nominated for Golden Boy gong

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Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, William Saliba and Trae Coyle have all been included on the 100-player shortlist for the 2020 Golden Boy award, run by the Italian publication Tuttosport and awarded by European journalists to the best footballer under the age of 21 playing in Europe.

Saka (3 goals and 9 assists) and Martinelli (10 goals and 4 assists) – both 18 – have enjoyed breakthrough campaigns at the Emirates, featuring regularly at home and abroad under Unai Emery, Freddie Ljungberg and Mikel Arteta. Given their impact at senior level, their nominations hardly come as a surprise.

The same can be said of Saliba who recovered from an early-season injury to become a big part of St Etienne’s defence. The 19-year-old joined the Gunners in a £20 million deal last summer before returning on loan to the Geoffrey Stadium. With Ligue 1 cancelled, we expect to see him at London Colney in July although he won’t be eligible to play until next season.

Coyle’s inclusion speaks to how highly-rated he is within the game. While the 19-year-old is yet to make his Arsenal debut, the versatile attacking midfielder has been training with the first team squad in recent weeks and could soon get his chance with five games in 15 days set to stretch the usual stars.

Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock made last year’s long-list while Matteo Guendouzi finished in the top 20. You won’t find too many squads featuring eight nominees from the last couple of seasons. It’s certainly something that bodes well for the future.

After a public vote (cast yours now) the 2020 list will be cut to 20 names with the winner usually announced in December. Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, Barcelona’s Ansu Fati and Bayern winger Alphonso Davies full-back are amongst the favourites.

For the record, Cesc Fabregas is the only former Gunner to have won the award since its inauguration in 2003. The Spaniard won the gong in 2006, impressing for Arsenal on the road to the Champions League final.

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100 player shortlist!

Julberto

I’ve voted for Saka. Come on gooners let’s get him up there.

WengersNoseHair

Either Sancho or Haaland will win it.

David C

Davies deserves a mention with these two guys, he’s been a real force for Bayern.

Spanish Gooner

This is really exciting information. Auba is likely to leave this summer, leaving a gap on the left wing/up front, but we have 4 players (Saka, Martinelli, Nelson, Nketiah) who have been nominated for the Golden Boy who play in that position. It’s time to start trusting in these talented youngsters

2highbury

Our youth system is so shit hot we have relative unknowns competing for one of the top prizes in youth football

Zeus99xx

Feed the kids, it’s a no-brainer!! Thank you Marcus.

Zeus99xx

Oh yeah, and I vote Sako for the Young Player award.

Martin

Saka

Richie

Kanu should have won this award the season when he scored a hat trick at Stamford Bridge when he was just 14 years old.

Artetas Assistant

13 years and 360 days old.

TOGooner

This is promising although Coyle’s addition sounds like these guys splitting the Arsenal vote.

David Hillier's luggage

Is Coyle being tracked by an Italian club? Wasn’t there a prospect a couple years ago who was nominated then ended up in Italy? Mavididi maybe? Or did he get the move off the back of the nomination.
 
Anyway, exciting for all 4 players, great news for the club!

AlexNuggz

Voted for Saka 🙂

Chinus

Voted for Saka though Martinell is also deserving.
A question off topic. Anyone have a URL for a really good Arsenal mask? They must ship to USA. Thanks

Chinus

Thanks

Cultured Determination

we should have a good mix of experienced heads and youngsters on the pitch to pass on valuable experience and train them up for years to come.
Luiz alongside saliba, edu and arteta alongside guendouzi in midfield, saka and nelson on the flanks supporting fox in the box freddie.
we’re all set. let’s go!