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Two Arsenal Wonderkids Could Alter Edu’s Transfer Plans, Triggering Five Potential Big Exits

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Two Arsenal Wonderkids Could Alter Edu’s Transfer Plans, Triggering Five Potential Big Exits


A pair of emerging talents from Arsenal’s academy are poised to influence Mikel Arteta’s transfer strategy this summer.

With a focus on promoting youth talents, Arteta may turn to Arsenal’s academy once again to address the squad’s needs for the upcoming season. As the club faces the potential departure of several homegrown players, including Kieran Tierney, in a planned clear-out, the need to maintain compliance with Premier League squad regulations becomes crucial.

Premier League clubs are required to submit a 25-man squad list each season, with eight spots reserved for homegrown players. If Arsenal were to part ways with four existing homegrown players such as Aaron Ramsdale, Eddie Nketiah, Reiss Nelson, and Emile Smith Rowe, they risk running afoul of these regulations, potentially limiting their recruitment of foreign players.

However, there is optimism within Arsenal’s camp, as reported by The Athletic, that the promotion of two promising academy prospects, Ethan Nwaneri and Myles Lewis-Skelly, could alleviate these concerns. Both midfielders are highly regarded talents emerging from the club’s academy, and their inclusion in the first team would provide flexibility for foreign signings in the transfer window.

For Arteta, entrusting Nwaneri and Lewis-Skelly with significant roles in the team requires confidence in their ability to contribute effectively, especially in the context of challenging for titles and competing in the Champions League. Nwaneri, in particular, has already showcased his potential by becoming the youngest-ever Premier League player and making notable appearances for the first team.

Nwaneri’s recent signing of his first professional contract signifies a promising future, echoing the sentiments expressed by club favorite and Under-18s head coach Jack Wilshere regarding Lewis-Skelly’s potential. Wilshere has praised Lewis-Skelly’s unique talents and emphasized the importance of his overall development, highlighting the intangible qualities that set him apart.

If Nwaneri and Lewis-Skelly can establish themselves as valuable contributors next season, Arsenal may have greater flexibility in their transfer approach. This would allow Arteta and technical director Edu to explore the possibility of recruiting foreign talents to further enhance the squad’s quality and competitiveness.

Two Arsenal Wonderkids Could Alter Edu’s Transfer Plans, Triggering Five Potential Big Exits

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