Alex Iwobi has been a revelation since coming into the team..

Arsenal should give youth a chance for the rest of the season

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You would think Arsenal would be the ones who would only need three games to win the Premier League title, but instead, they need to think about playing the kids. 

Leicester City are actually holding the position the Gunners should be in, and for Arsene Wenger and his experienced professionals, it's time for them to put their tails between their legs and admit defeat. 

It wasn't long ago people were touting the north London club for the domestic double, but defeats to Swansea, Watford and Barcelona in March effectively ended their season. 


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It's not all doom and gloom though Arsenal fans, Alex Iwobi has been one of your team's shining lights this season. That's a pretty damning statement considering he's made eight Premier League appearances, but it's time to be positive and give more youth players a chance. 

Two goals and two assists for the Nigerian in his last two matches has taken a bit of the heat off the Arsenal boss in recent weeks. 

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Former Arsenal forward Nwankwo Kanu believes Iwobi has a bright future, as quoted by African Football. 

Kanu said: “He has the talent, he can do wonders in his career. He has grabbed his own chance and he is doing well. I’m happy for them.

“Age is on his side and with focus, the sky will just be his stepping stone. I am not surprised about Iwobi’s rapid progress after I saw what he could do during Arsenal pre-season.”

It's, of course, early days to suggest how far Iwobi can go. Nevertheless, his bright impact has sparked some life into their dwindling season. 

So why not keep the spark going? After all, Iwobi isn't the only youngster to make an impression this season with Hector Bellerin building on the second half of last campaign to cement his spot at right back. 


Wenger should continue to use the academy, he can't keep pretending they're in the title hunt when they're 13 points off the top with six games to play. 

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Yes, missing out on top four might still be a danger, but six points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester City is a reasonable gap at this stage of the season. Especially with four of their remaining fixtures against teams in the bottom five. 

Krystian Bielik, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, and Daniel Crowley are all promising youth players yet to make a Premier League appearance for the club. 

How often do big clubs get the opportunity to give kids experience? They are often chucked in the League Cup games, but those teams end up including players with little confidence and maturity.  

Breed the youngsters into the team now when the team isn't under any pressure to perform so that next season they have some experience at playing at the highest level. There isn't any risk in playing them now.

We all know the injury crisis that usually occurs at the Emirates each season, imagine if a youth player has to be called on next campaign if it happens again, without any top-flight experience?


The Arsenal manager doesn't have to worry if the kid has a bad game because they're not playing for anything in the league. Not only that, supporters love seeing a local boy coming through the system because they usually play with freedom and passion. 

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Let's remember where Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford have come from, imagine if the Gunners find a hidden talent like those two waiting to be unleashed. It could save them millions of pounds this summer. 

The worst that could happen is they have a bad game, the best scenario is you find a £30 million player for free. 

Chelsea should have played their young players since Christmas, but have only been using the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek now, which is incredibly naive considering they could have a huge rebuilding job this summer. 

Arsenal certainly need to sign players this summer after signing only one outfield player this season. If a youngster like Iwobi can show he has the ability to play at the highest level then that could save some money to spend big on a striker or a central defender in the next transfer window. 

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