Jack Wilshere names the next two Arsenal youngsters to break through

England's Jack Wilshere and Ross Barkley during training

The midfielder is predicting big things for Chris Willock and Jeff Reine-Adelaide.

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere warms up before the gameArsenal's Jack Wilshere warms up before the game

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has backed Chris Willock and Jeff Reine-Adelaide to make the step up into the first team at the Emirates, speaking to the club's official website. 

The Gunners have long been known for their youth development, with it being a staple of Arsene Wenger’s time at the club.

The last few years have been particularly fruitful as Hector Bellerin, Francis Coquelin and Alex Iwobi have all made the breakthrough into the first-team picture.

All eyes are now on who could be the next man to make the step up from the club’s youth prospects.

Arsenal's Chris Willock and Manchester City's Jacob Davenport in actionArsenal's Chris Willock and Manchester City's Jacob Davenport in action

Willock is one of those who is highly rated and Wilshere has offered a glowing assessment of his abilities, backing him to take his chance should it come along.

“I’ve played with Chris for a few years in training and last year he came on tour,” he told Arsenal Player.

“I think he has improved, he has become stronger and he is one of those players that have a natural ability running with the ball. If Chris gets his chance I’m sure he will take it.”

Arsenal's Jeff Reine Adelaide in action in the FA Youth CupArsenal's Jeff Reine-Adelaide in action in the FA Youth Cup

Jeff Reine-Adelaide is another of those who is highly rated at the club, with Arsene Wenger having elected to promote him to the first-team squad this season.

Last summer saw him starring in the Emirates Cup, while he was also handed his chance to impress in the FA Cup later in the campaign. 

He has featured heavily in this year's pre-season and Wilshere is backing him to make the step up into the first-team picture.

“I think one thing that strikes everyone [about Jeff] is his confidence,” he added.

“Last year when he played in the Emirates Cup, he was only 17 years old and he wasn’t afraid to get the ball down take players on and play. I think the year in the under-21s has really helped him and he is ready to make that step up.”

Arsenal manager Arsene WengerArsenal manager Arsene Wenger

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