The academy season may be over, but some of the best prospects from the U23 squad have been involved in first-team training of late.
One player who falls into that category is Matt Smith, with the central midfielder having produced some encouraging performances for Steve Bould’s side this campaign.
The 19-year-old is known for his excellent passing range and has often caught the eye when he has been drafted into senior training sessions in the past.
Smith will hope that he can make his Premier League debut when the season resumes, with the increased number of substitutes available to Mikel Arteta giving the Hale End product a greater chance of being involved.
In the 2018-19 season Smith was influential as he helped Arsenal U18s to win the southern section title, and he has continued to progress well since then.
Next season will certainly be an interesting one for Smith, who could head out on loan at some stage in order to test himself against senior opponents.
Arsenal do have various options in central midfield at present, but Smith will be determined to seize any opportunity that he is afforded in the remainder of this campaign.