Mikel Arteta must make use of his talented youth stars to maintain good form

Arsenal have been struggling for form in the first half of the season. With help from a handful of youngsters, they have managed to find their mojo.

Arsenal academy has produced many big names but they weren’t all first-team ready from the get-go.

Players like Saka, Smith Rowe and Martinelli do not need a loan spell to prove they are first-team material.

Bukayo Saka has been Arsenal’s star man this term, scoring three and assisting just as many, making the teenager the club’s second-highest assister this season. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY THE INDEPENDENT.

Many have benefitted from going through such a process. Most notably would be the recent and incredible form of young Emile Smith Rowe.

Since coming back from his loan spell at RB Leipzig and then a further spell away at Huddersfield, he has broken into the first team and cured Arsenal’s headache filling the number 10 role.

Bagging himself 3 assists and a goal that helped Arsenal through to the next round of the FA Cup.

Only Bruno Fernandes has created more chance than Smith Rowe since Boxing Day.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal celebrates with teammates Emile Smith Rowe, Alexandre Lacazette, and Hector Bellerin after scoring his team’s third goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on December 26, 2020 in London, England. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY ANDREW BOYERS/POOL/GETTY IMAGES.

Bakayo Saka seems to be every manager’s dream with his work rate and versatility. He is one of the top players in the Premier League this season.

His work on the pitch continues to impress as he scored the second of Arsenal’s goals in the 3-0 thrashing over Newcastle after a slow first half.

Seeing these two link up has put a smile on every Arsenal fan’s face and all will hope that they can continue this impressive chemistry.

A player that has a lot of potentials, but has fallen out of favour is Aisley Maitland Niles. The versatile fullback can play comfortably in the midfield. A loan spell could help him improve due to a lack of games at Arsenal.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 28: Ainsley Maitland-Niles of Arsenal challenges Joe Gomez of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on September 28, 2020 in Liverpool, England. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY DAVID PRICE/ARSENAL FC VIA GETTY IMAGES.

Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock have been consistent benchwarmers. A loan spell would be a good move as they have not reached the standard that is expected by the boss. Eddie Nketiah is a player who has been linked with a move to West Ham to replace their vacancy at striker. However, he is a player that Arsenal will desperately look to keep as all signs point to a Balogun exit at the end of the season.

Arsenal’s first team will be keeping an eye on players like Matt Smith and Miguel Azeez. After putting in consistent and eye-opening performances in the previous season.

Smith could benefit from another loan spell abroad after his season at Swindon where he registered two goals and three assists. However, with Arsenal’s midfield begging for assistance now, Azeez could be a useful asset off the bench.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 06: Thomas Partey of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 6, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. A limited number of fans are welcomed back to stadiums to watch elite football across England. This was following easing of restrictions on spectators in tiers one and two areas only. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY VISIONHAUS.

A midfielder who could reach a balance displayed by Partey. Potentially replacing the likes of Elneny in the first team.

Things are starting to look better for the Gunners, with five clean sheets in the Premier League and their goal-scoring issues cleared up. However, things are hanging by a thread in the top half of the table. Transfer targets seem unlikely, the answer could be to utilise the abundance of potential produced at London Colney.

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