Charlie Nicholas names the five most exciting youngsters at Arsenal

Charlie Nicholas has named Mikel Arteta's five most exciting youngsters at Arsenal
Charlie Nicholas has named Mikel Arteta’s five most exciting youngsters at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Charlie Nicholas has named the five most exciting youngsters at Arsenal.

The Gunners are currently tenth in the Premier League – eight points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea – but are showing signs of improvement under Mikel Arteta.

Arsenal were knocked out of the Europa League by Olympiakos last week but Nicholas is adamant that the team are on the way up under Pep Guardiola’s former Manchester City assistant Arteta.

And the Arsenal legend has named Bukayo Saka, Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock, Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah as the five most exciting youngsters at the Emirates.

Looking ahead to Arsenal’s Premier League clash against West Ham on Saturday, Nicholas told Sky Sports: ‘West Ham had a wonderful result last week and I’m pleased for David Moyes.

‘There’s been slow improvement for Arsenal under Mikel Arteta and I like his authority.

‘I’m excited about the progress of the youngsters, and for the first time in a while I feel there’s a genuine hope for those coming through. Bukayo Saka, Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock, Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah all have really strong Arsenal futures.

‘West Ham will be a handful and Michail Antonio seems the best solution for them at present with his pace and power, but I still feel there’s a vulnerability about their defence.

‘I think it’s going to be a busy day for Lukasz Fabianski back at his old club. Arsenal 3-1 West Ham.’

Moyes’ West Ham picked up a crucial win over relegation rivals Southampton last week and Arteta is wary of the threat the Hammers can pose.

He said: ‘They caused a lot of problems to big teams recently. I know David because I worked with him for seven years.

‘I know his structure, I know how organised he is. I am sure he’ll put a team out there that is going to make life very difficult for us.

‘They will compete, they will be physical. We need to use our resources, play our game and then just think about performing.’

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