It takes a considerable amount of effort and talent just to get a scholarship deal at Arsenal but two of the club’s young prospects are making significant strides forward in their development.
Although Myles Lewis-Skelly and Ethan Nwaneri will not be eligible to sign scholarship terms until the summer of 2023, it is anticipated that they will both make plenty of appearances for the U18s before then.
The two midfielders have been with Arsenal since U9 level and are now technically coming to the end of their time with the U14s.
However, such is the quality that they possess, Lewis-Skelly and Nwaneri have both often played above their age group.
This season, for example, the two prospects have featured heavily for the U15s and they have also been involved with the U16s, often being the standout players for the older age group, with the current U16 squad not being particularly strong.
Both players are excellent technically and good dribblers while also possessing an impressive tactical understanding of the game.
Manchester United and Chelsea have both frequently expressed interest in Lewis-Skelly and Nwaneri, with Arsenal facing a fight to keep both players in the long term.
Arsenal have lots of youngsters in their position but it is possible that Lewis-Skelly and Nwaneri could break into the U18 squad next season in some capacity.
With the current U16s poised to step up to London Colney this summer, Lewis-Skelly and Nwaneri will be amongst the standout players at Hale End.
There have been examples in the past of prospects who have been outstanding at schoolboy level but haven’t quite managed to make the same impact as a full-time player, but there is hope that matters could be different for this pair.