Arsenal U21s’ midfield has been a key factor behind their encouraging commencement to the campaign.
Ethan Nwaneri and Myles Lewis-Skelly have frequently stood out despite being first year scholars but behind them Bradley Ibrahim has provided the team with additional security.
Ibrahim has had to be patient to fully establish himself in the U21 team having featured intermittently at that level over the past couple of seasons.
Now, though, the 18-year-old is a fully-fledged member of the U21 setup and he has started all four games in Premier League 2 this season.
Previously capped by England at youth level, Ibrahim reads the game well and breaks up play efficiently.
The youngster is also capable of operating as a centre-back if required, but it seems clear that he is much more at home in midfield.
This could be an exciting season for Ibrahim, especially if he is named as an overage player in the club’s UEFA Youth League squad.
Ibrahim will also be hoping for further involvement with the first-team having been on the bench for two games in the Europa League last season.
Miguel Azeez’s return will give the coaching staff a difficult dilemma with regards to team selection, but at present it will be hard to drop Ibrahim.