Although Arsenal have a rather large first-team squad, the option for clubs to name nine substitutes for Premier League matches means that it is possible that some youngsters could be involved at some stage.
One player who is pushing for involvement is Ryan Alebiosu, with the 19-year-old having progressed very well since he signed professional terms ahead of this season.
Alebiosu, a product of Arsenal’s Hale End academy, was previously mainly deployed as a winger but struggled in terms of his end product as he didn’t score many goals or create a lot of chances.
Over the past couple of seasons Alebiosu has mainly been deployed as a right-back and he has adapted very well, demonstrating that he is capable of making important defensive interventions.
In addition, he is now much taller and stronger and is becoming increasingly tactically aware. Alebiosu is also now starting to provide more of a threat in an attacking sense while taking care not to neglect his defensive duties. He has also demonstrated his versatility by filling in on the left side of the defence when needed.
Alebiosu has been training frequently with the first-team squad in recent weeks and will hope that he will be called upon at some stage.
This time last season he wasn’t even sure that he would be given an extended stay at the club, but now Alebiosu has taken his chance to excellent effect.