Bukayo Saka and Aaron Ramsdale have been included on the eight-man shortlist for the Premier League’s Young Player of the Season award.
The Gunners duo face stiff competition for the gong with two former winners, Phil Foden and Trent Alexander-Arnold, amongst the favourites and Declan Rice, Mason Mount, Conor Gallagher and Tyrick Mitchell also nominated.
Amazingly, all eight nominees, who were 23 or younger at the start of the campaign, are already England internationals.
Responsibility for picking the winner is split between a panel (made up of former players, managers and referees, broadcasters, fans, officials and sponsors) and a public vote.
Like Alexander-Arnold, Saka also been nominated for the even more prestigious Player of the Season award.
For Ramsdale, the only keeper on the list, being shortlisted caps a pretty remarkable 10 months. Few understood Arsenal’s interest in the player when speculation surfaced that he was a priority target last summer but he was quick to win over the fans with his acrobatics between the sticks, passing range and big personality.
Now a fully-fledged England international, he’ll be hoping to add to his 12 clean sheets in the final two games of the season.
Congratulations to both Aaron and Bukayo, a timely confidence boost after that thing that happened last night.