Three Arsenal youngsters who could shine in Emirates Cup 2015

Shona Duthie takes a look at three Arsenal starlets who could grab their chance to shine at the Emirates Cup this weekend

By Shona Duthie

Chuba Akpom

After impressing in the pre-season game against the Singapore Select XI, Akpom has been one of the names Arsenal fans have taken notice of. Scoring a hat-trick in the game gave manager Arsene Wenger another option for an upfront player. With Oliver Giroud not facing much competition and Yaya Sanogo out on loan to Ajax this season, it could be Akpom’s time to shine. If he plays the same way in the Emirates Cup this weekend as he did in Singapore, this could put him into Wenger’s path of thinking and push him up the pecking order. Last season, Akpom was brought on late a few times as a substitute and Wenger clearly already thinks highly of the 19-year-old. It has been reported that Akpom has set his sights on a regular place in the first-team this season, and with Wenger’s reluctance to sign a star striker could Akpom be the answer to their frontline problems?

Alex Iwobi

Iwobi and Akpom are both youth-team graduates who appeared on the tour to Singapore. Wenger is likely to give the winger, who has impressed so far, a chance to show what he is capable of. Iwobi has time on his side to make a break into the first-team at The Emirates and Wenger has also spoken highly of him. If he can make the grade and impress this weekend, he could see himself propelled into the first team as a regular. His skill, fast pace and eye for the ball make him one to watch for the future. Iwobi, whose uncle is uncle Jay-Jay Okocha, has been with Arsenal since the age of eight and it seems he will slot into the first team easily if he can impress again this weekend.

Dan Crawley

Hector Bellerin has already praised the 17-year-old young Gunner on his technique and stated that he could be one for the future. Wenger has shown that Crawley could be in his long-term plans by taking him on the tour to Singapore. Crowley has demonstrated he is a good passer, likes to have the ball at his feet and has shown great potential to be a goal-scorer from midfield. Wenger is no stranger to including home-grown talent in his squads as he aims to progress and develop English internationals. Crawley could easily fit the bill as he has a bright future ahead of him.


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