Arsene Wenger has been at Arsenal for many years now, but he is still as focused as ever in terms of bringing young players through to the first team. This has happened many times in the past and will continue to happen as long as Wenger is at the club.
The difference with the latest trio of youngsters to sign long-term deals though is that they are all British. Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs have all committed their futures to Arsenal and this has to go down as a positive piece of news.
If the Gunners could have a team that was made up of several British players, this would be fantastic. Not only would it benefit Arsenal, it would benefit England as well. Time and time again I have said that the England team would have been more successful if some of their players were coached by Wenger.
So, what details do we have on the these three players?
Well, Ramsey was signed from Cardiff City last summer and has a huge amount of potential. At 18-years-old, he is already a full international for Wales and made a number of appearances for Arsenal in the Champions League last season.
Speaking about signing the creative midfielder to a new deal, Wenger said that he is a ‘very intelligent player with great quality’. Overall, the Arsenal boss is looking forward to ‘seeing him develop in the forthcoming years’.
Next up is Wilshere. At 17-years-old, he is the youngest of the trio and he made Arsenal history last season when he became the youngest player to represent them in the league at just 16 years and 256 days old.
Wilshere has been at the club since he was 9-years-old and has developed into a very promising midfield player who can operate anywhere across the middle of the park. Wenger says that Wilshere made ‘great progress’ last season and that ‘potential is huge’ for what he can achieve during his Arsenal career.
The most recent youngster to sign a new deal is Gibbs. The 19-year-old has signed a long-term contract after making a huge impact on first team proceedings last season. He made 21 first-team appearances, including four in the Champions League.
Most of these appearances came at left-back and there is no doubt he can push Gael Clichy for a starting role in this position next season. Wenger also commented on Gibbs’ future by saying that the progress he made throughout the last year ‘was fantastic’. As with the other two, Wenger is ‘excited’ about what Gibbs can achieve during his Arsenal career.
All in all, it has been a fantastic close season for Arsenal’s youngsters so far. Theo Walcott, Lukasz Fabianski, Aaron Ramsey, Jake Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs have all committed their future to the club this summer and this can only be a good thing.
Of these players, who do we fancy to make the biggest impact next season?