5 Arsenal academy prospects that fans will definitely see in years to come

Arsenal's Hale End academy has become famous for producing a number of talented players in recent years, including several of the current first team.

Both Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe have been amongst the club's best performers this season, having both been developed in the club's academy.

With 20-year-old striker Folarin Balogun also making a number of first-team appearances in the last 18 months as well as scoring for fun in the under-23s the future continues to look bright at the Emirates Stadium.

So, here are five more Arsenal academy prospects that fans will definitely see in years to come.

Charlie Patino

18-year-old midfielder Charlie Patino is expected to be the next player off the Hale End production line to break into the Gunners' first team.

While he is yet to make his Premier League debut, he recently scored on his senior debut against Sunderland in the Carabao Cup to cap a fine cameo off the bench.

He was promoted to the under-23s side in the summer while still just 17 and also has already been capped by England at under-19 level.

Such is his talent that the Spanish FA have reportedly been looking into approaching him to play for them instead of England at senior level as he is eligible through his father.

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Arthur Okonkwo

Goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo began training with the first team squad in the summer and was also given a Premier League squad number for this season.

The promising keeper appeared in a number of pre-season friendlies and is currently seen as the club's third choice goalkeeper behind Aaron Ramsdale and Bernd Leno.

With Leno expected to depart soon having been displaced as first choice by Ramsdale, Okonkwo could soon become Arsenal's back-up keeper.

He has already been named on the bench five times in the Premier League this season but is still waiting to make his senior debut.

Salah Oulad M'Hand

Versatile Dutch midfielder Salah Oulad M'Hand is capable of playing behind the striker, as a box-to-box midfielder or in front of the back four.

He joined the Gunners shortly after his 17th birthday back in 2020 having been developed by Feyenoord's academy.

Oulad M'Hand is enjoying a fruitful season with the under-23s, providing eight goals and assists in just 14 appearances and has appeared on the bench for the first team.

His younger brother Ismail is also at the club and is currently a member of the under-18s squad.

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Mika Biereth

Danish under-19 international Mika Biereth only joined Arsenal from Fulham in the summer but has already made an impression at the club.

The 6' 1" tall striker has scored six goals in 14 appearances in the Premier League 2, including a hat-trick in a 6-1 thrashing of Chelsea back in September, and is second top scorer behind Balogun this season.

Arsenal snapped up Biereth after his stunning goalscoring return for Fulham in the under-18 Premier League as he scored 23 goals in 33 appearances as well as providing 15 assists for his teammates.

These goals helped fire Fulham to the youth league title in 2019/20 and went a long way to sealing his move to Arsenal.

Omari Hutchinson

Another versatile prospect, Omari Hutchinson is most adept in attacking midfield but can also play deeper or on the right wing when needed.

Having come through the academy at Hale End he was promoted into the under-23s in the summer, still more than three months shy of his 18th birthday.

Despite not playing as a forward, Hutchinson has 29 goal involvements in 38 appearances for Arsenal at under-18 and under-23 level, including nine in the PL2 this season.

Although he is yet to appear in a first team matchday squad, the FA Cup could provide an opportunity for Hutchinson to make his debut in the new year.

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