First-team apps: 3
Reserve apps: 28 (1 goal)
Under-18 apps: 38 (2 goals)
Loan spells Notts County (2012)
Conventionally a defensive-minded midfielder who specialises in breaking up play, Nico was drafted into the first-team squad as cover at right-back on several occasions last season.
The most memorable instance was his second-half introduction against Manchester United in the Premier League, where he performed admirably for much of his time on the pitch, with the youngster having previously featured in both domestic cup competitions having received his maiden first-team call-up for the Emirates Cup squad in 2010.
A Premier Academy League winner in 2009/10, the following season was a difficult one for Nico as his campaign was cruelly curtailed by injury, but he more than made up for it last time around, catching the eye with several consistent appearances for the Reserves and even scoring his first goal at that level, against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
He then joined Notts County on a short-term loan but made just two appearances for his temporary side before illness brought an end to his season.
This campaign, having worked his way into Arsene Wenger’s thinking, the diminutive youngster will be hoping for a more prolonged loan spell.
Born May 24, 1993
Signed scholarship Summer 2009
Signed professional July 2010