Arsenal have become famous for putting trust in young talents and developing them in North London through the years, although that has admittedly become increasing difficult as modern football has evolved.
The Gunners’ current side is breaming with talent from across Europe and the rest of the world, leaving little room for homegrown players to make their mark. Despite that, though, there have been a lot of recognisable faces plying their trade at the Emirates Stadium.
In fact, should they wish, Arsenal could field a completely homegrown XI next season – and it’s a side that’s capable of going toe-to-toe with the rest of the giants within the Premier League.
In reality, the team above isn’t too much different to the side that Arsenal have utilised in recent seasons and this team would certainly provide the sort of spark that the Gunners need to fire themselves back to the top of English football.
The team has the right balance of youth and experience, as well as boasting players who have plenty to prove ahead of a World Cup year – including the likes of Welbeck, Wilshere, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gibbs – all of whom need a major improvement if they’re to force their way into Gareth Southgate’s England plans.
Gibbs is also fighting for his future in North London, which is a scenario that Szczesny, Chambers and Coquelin are all experiencing.