The nine Arsenal academy graduates playing elsewhere in main leagues


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Arsenal are renowned for establishing young players – but how are their academy graduates who have continued to play in Europe’s best divisions faring elsewhere?

Arsene Wenger earned a reputation for handing young players lots of 1st-group possibilities, blooding a host of prospects all through his tenure as Arsenal boss.

We’ve taken a appear at the nine academy graduates from the Gunners at present plying their trade away from Emirates Stadium in the best divisions of England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France.

Jack Wilshere

Admit it, you’d entirely forgotten about him, hadn’t you?

Presently maintaining West Ham’s health-related employees busy alongside Andy Carroll, Wilshere created 4 begins for West Ham at the get started of the season ahead of suffering an all-as well-familiar ankle injury.

The midfielder created a 5-minute cameo against Newcastle in December ahead of it was decided he necessary ankle surgery, which has kept him sidelined because.

Isaac Hayden

Had he got his personal way, Hayden would not be playing for Newcastle United in the Premier League this season, obtaining handed in a transfer request in the summer time to move closer to his daughter and her mother, who reside in south Wales.

But a transfer failed to materialise and, right after an underwhelming 1st half of the season, the midfielder has been amongst the Magpies’ superior performers in an impressive 2019 to date.

Just after Manchester City had been beaten two-1 by Newcastle in January, Pep Guardiola admitted his side “could not deal with Newcastle’s holding midfielders” – a enormous compliment to Hayden and group-mate Sean Longstaff.

Wojciech Szczesny

Arsenal fans had been far more than content to see the back of Szczesny, however the goalkeeper is on his way to winning a second-consecutive Scudetto with Juventus, who are amongst the favourites to win this season’s Champions League.

The 28-year-old lately gave an interview describing quite a few of his former Arsenal group-mates, of which there had been lots of highlights.

Francis Coquelin

Arsenal and Coquelin will generally have That Away Game At Manchester City, sparking hopes the midfielder would ultimately fill the void left by Gilberto Silva‘s departure in 2008.

Silva, nevertheless, had other tips.

“I don’t forget hearing a comparison with Coquelin when he was playing, but when I began to see him I could see there was a thing missing in his game to be a holding midfielder and sacrifice himself for the group,” he told Sky Sports in 2018.

“You can not blame the player for this, but they require to uncover a player who can play there. The function is to play uncomplicated. I couldn’t do the similar as Henry, Ronaldo and the like and you have to know this to play there.”

Coquelin at some point left Arsenal permanently in January 2018 to join Valencia, only to endure a really serious Achilles injury shortly afterwards.

Serge Gnabry

Not excellent sufficient to play for Tony Pulis’ West Brom. Great sufficient for Bayern Munich.

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Ignasi Miquel

That Miquel is now 26 years old tends to make us really feel really old. That it is now six years because the defender left Arsenal tends to make us be concerned about just how rapid time appears to be moving.

Miquel was relegated to Spain’s second tier with Malaga final season but was signed by Getafe in the summer time, albeit playing just 92 minutes of La Liga football in 2018-19.

Stephy Mavididi

“The motivation to play with a single of my idols, a single of the greatest ever. I’m blessed to have the chance to train with him,” Mavididi told The Independent in January.

“It’s the mentality [with Ronaldo], how he approaches issues, how qualified he is, how he manages his physique. Watching him, I just attempt and take in as significantly as I can from him.”

Mavididi, an England youth international born in Derby, by no means appeared for Arsenal’s senior side, spending spells out on loan at Charlton and Preston, but he was deemed excellent sufficient to be signed by Juventus in the summer time.

The 20-year-old has spent his 1st campaign in Turin playing for the Below-23 side, but he is a name to hold an eye on.

Rui Fonte

Former Southampton and West Ham defender Jose’s younger brother, Fonte created just a single look for Arsenal in the League Cup but helped Fulham to promotion final term.

He has spent this season on loan at Lille, alongside his older brother, but has created just 5 begins in Ligue 1.

Reiss Nelson

Nelson had lots of Arsenal fans excited with his performances on loan at Hoffenheim at the get started of the season, scoring six instances by mid-November.

Having said that, the forward’s progress has because stalled, failing to hit the back of the net in the intervening months and largely operating from the bench.

Emile Smith-Rowe

An additional English youngster to join the swarm of players heading to Germany to be provided an chance, Smith-Rowe joined RB Leipzig on loan in January right after a quantity of promising appearances for Arsenal in the Europa League but has however to make it onto the pitch in Bundesliga due to a groin strain.

“I believe for Smith Rowe that it is seriously critical to see him go on loan for half a year to see him have this fantastic practical experience in the Bundesliga,” academy manager Per Mertesacker told Goal. “That sits correct beneath the Premier League, in terms of tempo.

“I believe to go from the below-23s to Germany and then coming back to the Premier League offers a excellent step in between.

“Sometimes you get stuck in the below-23s, 1st-group education bubble, exactly where you are with the 1st group which looks nice, but you require the competitors.”

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