Here we take a look at the top five Arsenal youth prospects, who are looking to make a breakthrough into the first team setup:

5) Serge Gnabry - since his debut back in September, German winger Serge Gnabry has been turning heads with his raw pace and goal scoring ability, and although he only made a handful of first team appearances for the Gunners last season, his talent is clearly undeniable, he has been a key member of the reserve side since his arrival from VfB Stuttgart and epitomised his first year at Arsenal with a stunning strike against Crystal Palace playing for the Under 18's.

4) Hector Bellerin - 18 year old Hector Bellerin joined Arsenal in 2011 from Barcelona with team-mate Jon Toral, the Spaniard can play as either a right back or right winger, using his pace to make darting runs down the right flank, he is yet to establish himself in the first team but signed his first professional contract in 2012 and has shown plenty of potential with the youth side. However, Bellerin may find it difficult to break into Arsenal's first team squad during the 2013/14 campaign, with Jenkinson and Sagna currently being alternated in the full back position.

3) Jon Toral - Spanish midfielder Jon Toral has been tipped to become a leading Premiership midfielder by many fans and pundits who have witnessed Toral play, his range of passing and creativity are a key aspect of his game. He joined Arsenal along with fellow Spanish compatriot Bellerin in the summer of 2011 and an unfortunate injury has stalled his progress slightly, but Toral still remains one of the brightest prospects in the Europe and will be hoping to make an impact on the Premier League in the not too distant future.

2) Thomas Eisfeld - Eisfeld made his first team debut in the dramatic 7-5 victory over Reading in the League Cup, coming on as a substitute to help Arsenal clinch a late win and progress into the next round; the attacking midfielder has represented Germany at youth level and captained the Under 15's, demonstrating both his leadership qualities as well as the faith that Germany clearly have in his ability. The former Borussia Dortmund player has been a vital part of Neil Banfield's reserve side notching up many goals and assists since his arrival in the January transfer window of 2012.

1) Gedion Zelalem - The third German to make this list is Gedion Zelalem, at only 16 years of age, it is possibly too early to be making assumptions regarding his potential, however, all the signs have been positive so far, from his Under 21's debut against Liverpool just a few short months ago to the pre-season tour of Asia, he seems to be making huge strides to a place in the first team set-up. The midfielder has been likened to a teenage Fabregas, who lets not forget broke into the 'invincibles' team at just 17. Zelalem has been gaining increasing amounts of interest since the announcement of his inclusion in the first teams tour of Asia, however he needs time and patience if he is going to fully develop into a world class playmaker. 

 

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