PHOTO: Arsenal's young Spanish duo among first in for pre-season training

Ignasi Miquel

Arsenal's youngsters are back training, but who will make an impact this coming season?

Arsenal welcomed back a troupe of their under-21 stars for pre-season training, with Spanish duo Ignasi Miquel and Jon Toral pictured by the club's Twitter feed above.

Wearing their new Puma training tops, both were all smiles as they prepared to get down to business at London Colney.

Both will hope to earn a spot on the club's pre-season tour and latterly in the Premier League, but is that possible? Here is what next season may have in store for both:

Ignasi Miquel

Miquel has been at Arsenal since 2010 but despite first team appearances, has failed to ever threaten to break into the team as a regular. 

A former Barcelona trainee, he is likely to be in the last chance saloon, having failed to convince in his four seasons at the club so far.

There is hope, or at least a potential opportunity for him, with Thomas Vermaelen potentially exiting along with Bacary Sagna who can cover at centre-back, meaning the Gunners are light in the position.

A strong showing in pre-season will give Miquel the confidence to kick on, and further chances down the line. If he does not perform though, his future at the club will remain in question.

Perhaps the biggest slight on him is his loan spell at Leicester City last year. Despite the Foxes' promotion, Miquel started only six games in the Championship, and appeared once as a substitute.

The fact Leicester are not actively trying to recruit Miquel for their own Premier League fight, shows the uphill task he has at the Gunners.

Jon Toral

For Jon Toral the future is potentially a lot brighter. Another recruit from Barcelona, his development had been stalled by injury previously, but last year he bounced back better than ever.

He made an immediate impact in his UEFA under-19 return game, scoring one and setting up another against Dortmund, and went on to feature regularly for the under-21 side.

Toral ended the season with seven goals and seven assists in all competitions, and the attacking midfielder is a good bet to get some minutes or even a start in pre-season.

Arsene Wenger showed his confidence in the Spaniard at the end of last season by calling him up to train with the first team.

Toral likes to flourish in a similar attacking position to Mesut Ozil, and can stake a claim to emerge as an understudy for the German international.

The 19-year-old's most likely trajectory this season is opportunities in the Capital One Cup from September onwards, and further under-21 football. His contract expires in June 2015, and if he stays injury free, a new deal beckons.

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