Arsenal have produced some talented prospects in recent years and there has long been a feeling that the club’s crop of players who signed scholarship terms in 2020 contains several individuals who could eventually make the step up to the first-team squad.
Charlie Patino is the most prominent player from that group, with the midfielder, who has an excellent passing range, in contention to make his competitive debut for the first-team against AFC Wimbledon tonight.
There are also high hopes for Omari Hutchinson, with the winger having adapted seamlessly to playing for the U23s after excelling for the U18s last season.
Then there is Marcelo Flores, who is eligible to represent Mexico or Canada, with the creative prospect having been in fine form for the U18s.
Brooke Norton-Cuffy, meanwhile, had started the season well at right wing-back for the U23s before injury stopped him in his tracks.
Zane Monlouis possesses plenty of experience of playing for the U23s despite being just 17 years old and striker Khayon Edwards has excelled for the U18s.
Jack Henry-Francis was involved with the first-team in pre-season and relishes dictating play with his passes.
Charles Sagoe Jr, a creative midfielder, found playing time difficult to come by for the U18s last season but has really stepped up this campaign.
There are plenty of other prospects too, including goalkeeper Remy Mitchell, defenders Taylor Foran, Zach Awe and Henry Jeffcott in addition to midfielders such as James Sweet, Mauro Bandeira and Luigi Gaspar and forward Billy Vigar.
Given the amount of players in this group, it is clear that not all of them will be able to succeed at Arsenal but there is a good chance that one or two of them at least could eventually break into the first-team squad.
All of the players in this group are aged between 17 and 18, so they will need to be given time to develop, but it is certainly a very exciting crop.