Arsenal Youth awards 2015/16


A hugely eventful campaign for Arsenal’s youngsters reached a fittingly dramatic conclusion last night as the club’s U21 side secured their place in the top tier of second-string football with a victory over Aston Villa.

Here’s a look at some of Arsenal’s best performers across the various age groups this campaign.

BREAKTHROUGH STAR- ALEX IWOBI

iwobi

Zimbio.com

After an impressive pre-season Iwobi remained on the cusp of the first-team squad before eventually breaking into the starting line-up. He is still a prominent part of Arsene Wenger’s plans and will seek to be heavily involved again next season.

BEST LOANEE- JON TORAL

toral

Birmingham Mail

Toral built upon an impressive spell with Brentford and enjoyed an excellent campaign for Birmingham City as he scored eight goals in 38 appearances. The Spaniard will return to Arsenal for pre-season and will hope to finally be afforded a chance to prove himself in the first-team.

BEST U21 PLAYER- CHRIS WILLOCK

willock

Zimbio.com

Although Stephy Mavididi topped Arsenal’s scoring charts at this level, it was Willock who was the most consistent performer as the winger impressed with his trickery and ability to beat players. Willock became increasingly influential as the campaign progressed and was excellent in both the play-off semi-final and final.

BEST U18 PLAYER- EDWARD NKETIAH

nketiah

Once again Arsenal endured some frustrating results at U18 level, but matters could have been much worse were it not for the actions of Nketiah, who finished as the top goalscorer in the U18 Premier League with 24 goals, which saw him included in the U21 squad towards the end of the campaign.

BEST SCHOOLBOY- REISS NELSON

nelson

Zimbio.com

It was already clear prior to this season that Nelson is a stellar talent, but he provided some glimpses of his potential as he broke into the U21 squad, impressed in the UEFA Youth League and trained with the first-team. There is much more to come from this very exciting prospect.

3 comments

  1. Next season is JTs last as being exempt from the squad rules, isn’t it? If so you would think it is make or break for him.
    It will be difficult to give both him and Alex Iwobi enough game time – although Ox and Welbeck are long term absentees, and Campbell and Rosicky look likely to leave <maybe even Walcott).
    Also have to hope Gnabry can come back to fitness and form over the summer.
    Add to that I also think Wenger will want to have a good look at Willock. And Jeff is still on the edges of the first team.

    Pre-season will of course be disrupted by International tournaments, so there is probably a big chance for appearances for the youngsters.

  2. Yes, Jon Toral looks like a good bet to join the Firdt Team next season. Pray he will continue to show the progress he has made with the Brummies.

  3. Good to see Reiss Nelson get another goal and help England qualify for the quarters. Has looked good in this tournament, and will need to be against Spain in the next round.

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