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Seven promising Arsenal youngsters to keep an eye on this summer

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Eleena Tovar | 17 Julio, 2017, 19:01

The latest news coming out of France as reported by the usually very reliable Mohamed Bouhafsi of RMC Sport, is that Arsenal have submitted a club record £44 million bid for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette. One of his strongest assets is his versatility, and as well as covering in central midfield he has the capacity to fill in for either of the two wing-backs. It's not hard to figure out that transfers like these at the highest level involve layers of immense complexities, and are shrouded in mystery, moreso with Arsenal.

Which youngsters are ready for the big time? All 11 of the Arsenal team were lined-up on the goal line, yet failed to block Steve Lustica's rebound - after stopping the original free-kick. Arsenal's transfer window activity has somewhat been handicapped because of the situation with their star duo.

Speaking to reporters, including the Daily Mirror, while on Arsenal's pre-season tour of Australia, the 30-year-old revealed the thought of leaving the club was on his mind. The players later displayed the new look in front of a crowd of cheering supporters.

"I hope to score goals, this is why the club got me", he said.

Even when playing three at the back, that's probably too many to fit into the squad. He has effectively been promoted on account of Chris Willock's departure to Benfica. The forward joined from Ajax in the summer of 2015 and has already been coached by two of the greatest strikers in Arsenal's history. In Holland, he trained under the watchful eye of Dennis Bergkamp, before honing his craft under Thierry Henry during his time with Arsenal's U19s. He has risen rapidly through the ranks, showcasing a natural poacher's instinct at every age group. Goals at youth level do not necessarily always translate to the first team - the likes of Arturo Lupoli, Benik Afobe and Chuba Akpom all showed plenty of promise only to fail to adapt to senior football. However, Arsenal fans yearn for a homegrown striker to break through, and right now Nketiah looks the most likely candidate. Arsenal face Sydney FC on Thursday (July 13) and Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday (July 15) as part of their pre-season preparations. If he did succeed in North London, it would be particularly sweet given that he was released by rivals Chelsea at age 16.