There haven’t been quite as many academy players named on the bench for the Arsenal first-team in recent months as there were in the second half of last season, when the squad was very thin.
Reuell Walters, however, has been involved in the senior setup of late having been named on the bench away to Sporting Lisbon and then at home to Crystal Palace.
With Takehiro Tomiyasu ruled out for the rest of the season, it seems likely that Walters, who is currently away with England U19s, will continue to train frequently with the first-team after the international break.
Depending on how many other players are out, it is possible that the 18-year-old could get on the bench again for Mikel Arteta’s team.
It could be an eventful end to the season for Walters as he is also expected to continue playing for the U21s, while he is part of the U18 side that will take on Manchester City in the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup.
Walters is mainly a right-back who relishes pushing forwards, but this season he has also received plenty of experience operating at centre-back and it will be interesting to see which position he ends up playing in the long term.
Looking ahead to next season, it is possible that Walters could continue to be on the periphery of the squad and perhaps feature in the League Cup. However, it may well be more beneficial for him to go on loan and gain experience of senior football.