Five Arsenal players to watch in pre-season

Chuba Akpom

We highlight five players Arsenal fans should keep their eyes on this summer.

As July is at its advent professional footballers can start to think about getting back to work with many of them likely to be itching for the opportunity.

For Arsenal they will be out in Asia touring before returning for the Emirates Cup and you can be sure plenty of young players will be hoping to have an impact.

So which five should you keep an eye on?

Chuba Akpom

The teenage striker was given opportunities last summer against Boreham Wood and Stevenage but will hope to be on the plane to Asia this summer.

He was sensational for the club in their NextGen campaign last season and ended 2012-13 in incredible form; scoring 12 goals in his last 10 appearances to take his tally to 20 goals in 24 games over all.

This summer he will hope to grab some goals for the first-team.

Chuks Aneke

The man compared to Yaya Toure by Arsene Wenger had an excellent campaign on loan at Crewe Alexandra where his dynamic midfield play saw him receive multiple plaudits.

He certainly seems to have the ability to become a Premier League feature in recent years and will also hope to be a feature on the Asian tour; where he was very impressive and scored the winning goal against a Malaysia XI.

Gedion Zelalem

The 16-year-old German-Ethiopian has caught the eye this season playing with men way above his age group with aplomb for the Arsenal Under-18’s.

He may be considered too young to go away with the team on the tour but he will certainly feature in some of the XI games this summer.

Serge Gnabry

The young German has already received plaudits for his pre-season performances last year and he even made his way into the first team.

He will hope to get some more game-time under his belt this season and a solid pre-season could be the precursor.

Ryo Miyaichi

Originally I planned on highlighting excellent right-back Hector Bellerin in this article but he is away with Spain at the European Under-19 Championships in Lithuania so will not likely feature.

Instead I have gone with Ryo Miyaichi. His loan-spell at Wigan last term was injury ravaged but he has already spoke of his excitement at heading to his homeland this summer and he will hope to put those injury woes behind him.

Who do you think we should keep an eye on this summer?

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