Arsenal star takes his pick of exciting League Cup youngsters

Defender Carl Jenkinson selects a duo of Arsenal up-and-comers for fans to keep their eyes on throughout the season.

Of the Arsenal League Cup side of 2008, there are a number of players who are either a: in Arsene Wenger's senior side or b: transferred to another elite club: Lukasz Fabianski, Kieran Gibbs, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey are accomplished first-teamers now while Johan Djourou is a seasoned international and Alexander Song has moved on to Barcelona.

The academy in North London has acted as a conveyor belt of talent and, while players such as Carlos Vela, Fran Merida and Mark Randall failed to make the high grades expected of senior Gunners, there remains an air of excitement whenever a new class emerges.

And now, having watched Arsenal's 1-1 penalty-shootout triumph over West Bromwich Albion in the third round of the Capital One Cup, 21-year-old Carl Jenkinson has singled out the current pupils who he believes will graduate into 'exciting' masters.

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'If I had to pick a [some exciting youngsters] I'd probably start by naming Serge Gnabry, who the Arsenal fans have seen quite a bit of so far,' Jenkinson said when speaking to Arsenal Player.

While Gnabry played a fundamental part in Arsenal's opening goal having fed Nicklas Bendtner who played in Thomas Eisfeld, one of the players who received the most heralding was Chuba Akpom, who kept his composure to convert his penalty at sudden death.

'I'd [also] say Chuba Akpom, who has been involved with us quite a lot lately. He's been on the bench and he made his league debut against Sunderland. He's a strong, physical presence and he can finish as well. I'm sure you will see him.'

Arsenal host Chelsea in the fourth round of the competition.

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