Focus on youth at Arsenal

Focus on youth at Arsenal: Mertesacker, Nelson, Willock, Smith Rowe and Saka speak to Sky Sports

Former Arsenal and Germany defender Per Mertesacker is only into the second year of his role as academy manager at the club, but the early signs are very encouraging.

With a promising crop of academy graduates rising through the ranks at the Emirates Stadium the Gunners have placed an emphasis on youth over experience this summer as they look to secure a route back into the Premier League’s top four and a place in the Champions League.

Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson have already impressed this season, while Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka are competing for a place in Unai Emery’s squad. James Olayinka and Tyreece John-Jules also impressed during pre-season for the Gunners and Eddie Nketiah, who is on loan at Leeds for the season, has scored three goals in his first five games for the Championship club.

The future is looking bright at the Emirates Stadium.