Where is Arsenal's Ryan Mason?

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Tottenham star has broken through this season, is there an Arsenal star ready to do the same, or has one already made it?

Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason is proving one of the breakthrough stars of 2014/15, establishing himself in recent weeks after seizing his big chance.

He is one of the early success stories of the season, showing clubs should give players in their youth system a chance as well as looking to the transfer market.

But what of rivals Arsenal, do they have a player similarly poised to step up and seize an opportunity?

Here are those who could fit such a description:

Serge Gnabry

Gnabry showed signs last season of making the big step up, before falling out of favour and then picking up a pre-season injury. He is back in training now, and may get his chances in attack with Mesut Ozil out injured. Gnabry is a top tier youth talent who has the ability to change games, he may just be unlucky his return coincides with that of Theo Walcott. Should he not make it between now and January, expect a loan move.

Chuba Akpom

There are high hopes for striker Chuba Akpom, who is a regular in Arsenal's under-21 side. He has an impressive six goals in four games, and if anything happened to Danny Welbeck, he is arguably a more exciting stand-in than Yaya Sanogo. Even with the need for rotation, the Gunners may land up giving him his chance.

Francis Coquelin

We listed Coquelin in an article yesterday among Arsenal players who should leave the club in January for the sake of their careers, in his case permanently. Yet Coquelin is arguably the player in the Arsenal squad who most closely corresponds to Tottenham's Ryan Mason. The midfielder has featured in 21 Premier League games earlier in his career and is the same age, 23. Having, like Mason, been out on loan, Coquelin needs to make it count this campaign, and must surely feel if given a chance he can be the defensive midfielder.

Hector Bellerin

Bellerin it could be argued, has already made the breakthrough, with injuries in front of his handing him an opportunity. He was left out in the big game against Chelsea for Calum Chambers, indicating he still has a little way to go to be considered the club's first choice with Mathieu Debuchy out injured. This is essential for him if he is to challenge the Frenchman and be ahead of Carl Jenkinson in the queue next season.

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