Crowley, Malen, Dragomir - Three Arsenal wonderkids to watch in 2016

Dan Crowley playing for England

Which youngster's progress should Arsenal fans be tracking this year?

Arsenal are in with a real shout of winning the Premier League title this year, but that short term focus won't stop the tireless work going on behind the scenes developing their young talent.

The Gunners are a side with plenty of exciting prospects waiting in the wings, all hoping 2016 will be their breakthrough year.

Here are three players in their academy worth keeping a close eye on...

Daniel Crowley

Daniel Crowley is an England youth international who looks primed to break out over the next year. He thrilled fans on loan at Barnsley earlier in the season, before being recalled by the Gunners. He is a central midfielder, capable of even one day surpassing what Jack Wilshere has so far achieved, and Arsenal are fortunate to have him. It could be that he has to wait for pre-season for his breakthrough, but everything he has done so far suggests he could be worth the wait.

Donyell Malen

Ajax were upset when Donyell Malen quit the club to join Arsenal in the summer, and with good reason. The young striker was regarded as one of the brightest talents at the club, and has made a good early impression at Arsenal. At just 16, Malen has started for the under-19 side in the UEFA Youth League, and his development is one to keep an eye on, even if a first team chance seems unlikely.

Vlad Dragomir

Romanian wonderkid Vlad Dragomir is another player signed in the summer, who has settled in well to life at Arsenal. Speaking to the Gunner's official website this week he described his role for the youth team as similar in style to Mesut Ozil, before suggesting Toni Kroos as the player he models his game on. He says he is working hard in the gym to adjust to English football, and it will be interesting to see if he can force his way into the under-21 reckoning.

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