Since the start of the season Arsenal U18s have had to cope without several of their star names but now, rather well-timed as the third round of the FA Youth Cup edges ever closer, the young Gunners’ injury problems are starting to lessen.
Arsenal overcame Wolverhampton Wanderers with a 4-2 victory on Saturday in the Premier League Cup and, while the result in itself was a positive, there was another boost as Trae Coyle and Xavier Amaechi were included in a matchday squad for the first time this season after recovering from injury.
Coyle is undoubtedly one of Arsenal’s standout prospects with the England youth international, who can play as an attacking midfielder or a winger, having trained full time with the club last season when he was still a schoolboy.
Superb technically, a frequent goalscorer and also able to cope physically, Coyle has all the attributes required to quickly make the step up to U23 football once he is fully sharp and he has clearly been earmarked by the club as a player with the potential to eventually become involved with the first-team squad.
There may not be quite as much hype surrounding Amaechi as there is with Coyle, but the midfielder, another Hale End graduate, is also an excellent talent.
Possessing an impressive passing range and capable of unlocking opposing defences with ease, Amaechi is already guaranteed to sign professional terms with Arsenal when he turns 17 in January and it is hoped that he can quickly establish himself as an integral part of the U18 side.
With Emile Smith Rowe back from England’s success at the U17 World Cup, Arsenal have a wealth of attacking options at U18 level, especially when it is taken into consideration that Folarin Balogun and Tyreece John-Jules have both started the season in superb form.
Schoolboy winger Bukayo Saka has also caught the eye and soon Ampadu could well have a selection dilemma to contend with if all of the aforementioned players remain fit.
Arsenal aren’t back in action until after the international break, when they host Norwich City, but these are certainly exciting times for Ampadu’s team.