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Arsenal’s academy wonderkids in line to continue Club’s youth revolution as they continue to benefits of the youth academy.

Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe continue to thrive for the Gunners, demonstrating how a top-tier youth system might one day come in handy for first-team concerns.

Few teams in the Premier League have a better academy system than Arsenal’s renowned Hale-End production line.

Many consider the Gunners to be favourites to finish in fourth place at the end of the season, ensuring a return to the Champions League for the first time in five seasons.

It will be owing in large part to the efforts of academy grads Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe if they are to achieve such a feat.

Arsenal’s academy wonderkids 

Charlie Patino

The 18-year-old did not disappoint, scoring his first goal for Arsenal with what was practically his first touch as a first-team player, sending the stadium into raptures.

Patino has been dubbed “the most promising youngster to come from Arsenal’s academy since Jack Wilshere,” which is high praise and a tall order to fill.

Manager Mikel Arteta has previously explained how the club need to “cook” Patino slowly, ensuring he is not overawed by the bright lights of first-team football at the highest level.

“[Too much hype around him] is what we have to avoid. He still has a lot of competition in front of him. He is really young. And he needs to go step by step,” Arteta claimed.

Omari Hutchinson

Hutchinson is already relatively well-known to Arsenal fans.

A couple of outstanding goals and performances at the young level have undoubtedly put him on the radar of the more observant Arsenal fans, who are always on the lookout for the next big thing.

The 18-year-old has frequently been picked as a substitute in Premier League games this season, and he might make his Premier League debut if one of the few attackers ahead of him suffers an injury before the conclusion of the season.

Salah-Eddine Oulad M’Hand

The Dutch prospect spent the bulk of his early years in the Netherlands before joining Arsenal as a free agent in August of 2020.

He is well on course to achieve his ambition, having already named on the bench for the first-team clash at home to Leeds United in the Carabao Cup back in October.

Pressed for comment on why he named him among the subs, Arteta said: “rewarding him – for what he does every day in training and the games that he’s playing, for his attitude and the quality he has – he totally deserves to be with us.”

Operating primarily in the number eight role, Salah can be known to pop up with a decent number of goals over the course of a league season.

Marcelo Flores

After appearing for Mexico in a friendly match against Chile late last year, the 18-year-old midfielder is the only player on this list with senior international experience.

Flores has represented three separate countries at the young level, having played for England and Canada’s U-16 and U-21 teams, respectively.

After his performances at the 2021 Revelations Cup, the teenager became the buzz of Mexico, and he has continued that form in an Arsenal shirt since his return.

He’s a regular for the U-18s, and it’s only a matter of time before he moves up the ranks and into the U-23s, before getting his first taste of first-team football in north London.

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