It has yet to be confirmed whether the Premier League will return this season but if it does go ahead then there could be some Arsenal youngsters that benefit hugely.
Since the squad returned to training recently, four members of the U23 side have been called up by Mikel Arteta.
If games are played in close proximity and more substitutes are allowed than usual then it could be an opportunity for some of the club’s prospects to catch the eye.
The most interesting case, perhaps, is that of Matt Smith, with the midfielder very highly rated by many at London Colney.
Smith has been training with the first-team intermittently over the past two years, dating back to when Arsene Wenger was in charge, and when a player is involved on so many occasions it is usually a surefire sign that he is being prepared for a first-team debut.
The 19-year-old possesses an excellent passing range and can unlock opposing defences with ease. He is not a prolific goalscorer but is a vital component of the U23 team.
Trae Coyle, meanwhile, has also been training with the senior squad. The winger was extremely highly regarded as a schoolboy and featured in the UEFA Youth League.
At that stage it was anticipated that he could follow in the footsteps of Reiss Nelson and enjoy a swift rise into senior football but it hasn’t quite transpired like that and at the age of 19 he is still awaiting his senior debut.
That wait could soon be over, though, with Coyle, who is usually deployed on the right flank, having shown some greater signs of consistency for the U23s this season.
The situation is slightly more complicated at centre-back, where Arteta has an abundance of options to choose from, but if he does elect to rotate his side then Daniel Ballard and Zech Medley could be involved.
Ballard has shown terrific resilience to bounce back from difficult situations. He was previously released twice by Arsenal only for the club to reverse their decision on both occasions, while he suffered a serious injury early on in his loan spell at Swindon Town this season but is now fully fit.
The youngster, who has been called up by Northern Ireland at senior level, possesses excellent leadership qualities.
Medley, meanwhile, already has three competitive appearances for the Arsenal first-team to his name but has fallen down the pecking order somewhat this season.
It is widely expected that the former Chelsea player could go on loan next campaign but before then he could be called upon for the first-team, especially given that he is also capable of playing at left-back if required.