Five Arsenal NextGen starlets who could break through next season


Which players from the NextGen Series winning team could make the grade in 2013-14?

Picking a group of players from the Arsenal NextGen Series team of last season is going to be difficult; as the club have released the majority of the players.

The likes of Martin Angha, Kyle Ebecilio, Reice Charles-Cook and Sead Hajrovic were all regulars in the team last term but have all been allowed to leave North London this summer.

Leaving me with slim pickings from the team that finished fourth at the finals weekend over Easter…

But which players from that talented team could make the grade in the first-team next season?

Chuba Akpom

The teenage striker proved last season that he is nothing short of a goal-machine.

The talented England youth international bagged 20 goals in 23 games last season and we should surely see him in League Cup action next season.

Hector Bellerin

The Spanish full-back perhaps has the best chance of breaking into the first-team next season.

He had an excellent season in 2012-13 and if Bacary Sagna was to make good on his exit rumours he would suddenly be the number two right-back behind Carl Jenkinson; and Wenger might just give him the role.

Nico Yennaris

At 20-years-old the time has come for Nico Yennaris to either make it or break it at Arsenal. A good utility player he has perhaps struggled from being to versatile but last season cemented a place as a holding midfielder.

Could he make the step up?

Serge Gnabry

One of the German talents in the youth system Gnabry has flirted with the first team recently.

He had some excellent performances in the competition last season; in particular against CSKA Moscow in the quarter-finals.

Thomas Eisfeld

Eisfeld has been compared to Freddie Ljungberg in the past and has already featured for the first team.

Many an Arsenal fan has called for him to get his chance recently and next season he might just get that chance.

Who do you think will make the breakthrough next season?

image: © NextGen Series

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