Arsenal’s pre-season fixtures get underway today with a game against Hibernian, and so far it has been confirmed that six members of the U23 squad have made the trip to Scotland with the first-team.
Here’s a look at what each of the prospects have to offer.
A no-nonsense defender who joined Arsenal from Ipswich Town as a schoolboy in 2015, Clarke impressed while on loan at Oldham Athletic in League Two last season.
The centre-back is also capable of playing at right-back and possesses excellent leadership qualities. Clarke has been made available for loan ahead of the new season but will be looking to excel in pre-season first.
Signed from Hertha Berlin in January, Rekik didn’t make his debut for Arsenal U23s until the last game of the season against West Ham United, with an injury having affected his progress.
The defender is now fully fit, however, and recently became a senior international for Tunisia. Composed in possession and a fine reader of the game, he has frequently trained with the first-team when available.
Arguably the standout prospect in the academy, Hutchinson produced some excellent performances for the U18s last season as he impressed with his trickery and directness.
The youngster mainly plays out wide but can also operate as an attacking midfielder or at left-back and is somewhat similar to Bukayo Saka with regards to his style of play.
Position: Central midfield
Henry-Francis hasn’t yet been offered a professional contract but the Hale End product has impressed the club’s coaching staff with his committed performances in training.
Possessing an excellent passing range, he needs to improve a little defensively but has developed very well in recent years.
A goalkeeper who initially joined on loan from Reading in 2019 to provide emergency cover, he signed a permanent deal that summer.
Hillson was on the bench against Slavia Prague in the Europa League last season but has only made five competitive appearances at youth level for Arsenal. He possesses good reflexes but is somewhat short for a goalkeeper.
A product of the club’s Hale End academy, Smith has gained experience via non-league loan spells at Salisbury and Dover.
Although he is capable of making some impressive stops, Smith is somewhat error prone.