Five Arsenal youngsters to watch in 2015

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With 2014 coming to an end we take a look at five Arsenal youngsters who could have a big year ahead.

Arsenal have a number of young players who are fighting hard for first-team recognition in the months and years ahead.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has already shown tantalising glimpses of some of those youngsters this season but 2015 could be the year when they are given more time to show exactly what they can do.

Here we take a look at five Arsenal youngsters who could be set for a big 2015.

Dan Crowley

Dan Crowley is a 17-year-old central midfielder with a knack for scoring goals.

The England under-17 international has played six UEFA Youth League matches for the Gunners this season, scoring five goals and providing five assists, and it is that kind of form that will have surely caught the eye of his manager.

Crowley remains very young but Wenger showed in the recent match against Galatasaray that he is prepared to give youth a chance when possible and next year could see that happen more regularly.

Isaac Hayden

Were it not for a poorly-timed injury, defender Isaac Hayden could have been a defensive saviour for Arsenal in the midst of their recent injury crisis. Instead Wenger opted to play a number of full-backs in the centre, with mixed results.

Hayden is a 19-year-old central defender who can also operate as a defensive midfielder when required. He has two senior appearances for Arsenal to date but 2015 could be his breakout year.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles

Ainsley Maitland-Niles is a 17-year-old winger who enjoyed his first taste of senior first-team football in the Champions League earlier this month.

The teenager would go on to make a late substitute appearance against Newcastle United and he could feature predominantly in the cup competitions next season.

Gedion Zelalem

Gedion Zelalem is a 17-year-old midfielder who has made two appearances for Arsenal’s first-team and looks set for a bright future at the club.

He is someone Wenger clearly has faith in and like the others on this list, next season he could feature far more in the cup competitions and from the bench in the league.

Chuba Akpom

Striker Chuba Akpom has scored 28 goals in in 38 games for Arsenal’s under-21 side and big things are expected of the player.

Now 19 he will be eyeing his first senior Gunners goal in 2015 but there is plenty of competition for places up front at the Emirates Stadium right now.

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