Azeez, Balogun & 5 other young guns who could break into Arsenal first team soon

Azeez, Balogun & 5 other young guns who could break into Arsenal first team soon

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Miguel Azeez

The midfielder made his Arsenal debut against Dundalk in the Europa League group stage and thrilled Gunners fans with his display.

Azeez is a versatile player and he can fill any position in central midfield. He offers a lot going forward and is not a stranger when it comes to defending.

We can see him given more playing time for seniors next season if Dani Ceballos and Mo Elneny leave the club.

Probability of first-team breakthrough: 8/10

🇸🇪 Nikolaj Moller

Many fans think Arsenal need to buy a new striker to edge out the ageing Lacazette and Aubameyang—but perhaps Nikolaj Moller will be good enough to lead the line in a few years' time.

The towering centre-forward joined Arsenal from Malmo FF last summer and has quickly established himself as a key player at the U23 side. He has scored 4 goals and provided 2 assists in 12 Premier League 2 games so far.

The targetman, who has been compared to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, could be in line to make his Arsenal debut next season if Eddie Nketiah and Flo Balogun move away.

Probability of first-team breakthrough: 7/10

🇪🇸 Joel Lopez

The Spanish left-back reminds us of Hector Bellerin in many ways: a player signed from Barcelona who used to play as a winger before moving to full-back.

Despite being just 18 years old, Lopez is already a starter at the U23 side and was involved in first-team training in February as Mikel Arteta considered his options to replace the injured Kieran Tierney.

The manager opted for Cedric Soares but Lopez could see some minutes next season, especially if Arsenal don't get a left-back to cover for Tierney and Kolasinac leaves on a permanent deal.

Probability of first-team breakthrough: 6/10

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Ben Cottrell

Another home-grown player who made a debut for Arsenal this season, Ben Cottrell has often been involved in first-team training this season.

The 19-year-old does seem to have a lot of talent, football intelligence and a wonderful left foot but his small size (just 1.66m tall) dictates he needs a bigger midfielder next to him to unleash his best.

Unfortunately for Cottrell, Granit Xhaka has been stellar since Mikel Arteta joined the club in December 2019, and there is no way Ben can edge out the Swiss international.

However, he can expect more first-team involvement if he decides not to leave Arsenal on loan next season.

Probability of first-team breakthrough: 6/10

🇷🇴 Catalin Cirjan

The Romanian attacking midfielder is considered one of the best talents in the Academy and will be looking to make a step up to the first team next season.

Cirjan is known for his passing skills and vision and is progressing really fast, breaking into the U23s squad this season. He has already been involved in training with the senior squad on several occasions.

Cirjan's near future will depend on whether Arsenal sign Martin Odegaard or another player to compete with Emile Smith Rowe on a permanent basis.

Probability of first-team breakthrough: 5/10

🇪🇪 Karl Hein

The shot-stopper has already earned 6 senior caps for Estonia and has made the Arsenal bench on two occasions in the Europa League games against Benfica.

Mat Ryan has identified Hein as one of the keepers he'll have to compete with, which probably tells a lot about the Estonian's standing in the squad.

And while Bernd Leno looks absolutely untouchable as Arsenal's number one, perhaps there is a chance Hein gets promoted to the senior squad and makes a couple of cup appearances next season.

Probability of first-team breakthrough: 4/10

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Folarin Balogun

We would like to be wrong about this one but it does not look like Flo has a future at Arsenal.

He has not signed a new deal yet and has not trained with the first-team squad for several weeks now, having returned to Steve Bould's U23 side.

The fact that Balogun has not been given enough chances in the senior team makes it less likely that he will sign a contract extension with the Gunners.

Probability of first-team breakthrough: 2/10

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