Despite the first team’s struggles, both on and off the pitch, there is cause for hope for Arsenal’s long-suffering supporters.
The club’s youth teams have routinely produced great players and this year appears to be no different. A number of promising youngsters could yet be the saviours of the Gunners’ season.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles – Winger – 18
With Arsenal missing out on Riyad Mahrez, could Ainsley Maitland-Niles force his way into the first team?
A set-piece specialist with a deadly cross, the Englishman will undoubtedly be playing for Arsene Wenger’s side sooner rather than later.
Eddie Nketiah – Forward – 17
Marcus Rashford’s goals temporarily saved Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United job and Wenger may need one of his youngsters to follow suit if he wants to extend his tenure past next May.
Nketiah looks like the boy to do it after bagging a mightily impressive 28 goals last season for the under-18’s side.
Stephy Mavididi – Forward – 18
If Nketiah isn’t the man to step up to the plate, Mavididi likely will be. A natural goalscorer who is famed for his powerful style of play, Mavididi is one of the club’s most promising starlets.
Jeff-Reine Adelaide – Forward – 18
Reine-Adelaide has already made his senior debut for the North London side, impressing in Arsenal’s opening FA Cup games last term. Described by the club’s website as “technically gifted, creative and quick”, the Frenchman should get plenty of first team chances this season.