Georgios Spanoudakis joins Arsenal from Barcelona

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Georgios Spanoudakis has agreed to join Arsenal from the Barcelona youth academy La Masia, reports Metro.

It is not the first time Arsene Wenger has dipped his hands into the talent pool at the Nou Camp, only to emerge with an exciting young prospect. Spanoudakis becomes the latest in a long line of La Masia students to make the move to north London.

Genuine prospect

The 15-year-old was highly rated amongst Barcelona coaches and is described by the same report as a cultured central midfielder. With a knack for threading acute passes, it won't be difficult to start drawing comparisons with Cesc Fabregas.

Spanoudakis has already represented Germany at both Under-15 and Under-16 level but remains eligible to play for Greece. Metro say the Greek FA have already started asking him whether he would be open to representing them at senior level.

Arsenal future

It is believed that Spanoudakis will join up with Arsenal's Under-18 side, which will be managed by new arrival Frans de Kat and current under-16 coach Kwame Ampadu. It follows a big reshuffle in the Arsenal academy.

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Fabregas was the most famous of the La Masia graduates to be enticed to The Gunners. Wenger offered Fabregas the chance of first team football from a young age and he soon developed into a leader of the team.

Fishing in Barcelona

Arsenal will certainly ruffle more feathers with their latest addition. Catalan media already class The Gunners as thieves after a number of La Masia products left for The Gunners.

Cesc Fabregas, Fran Merida, Jon Toral, Hector Bellerin and Julio Pleguezuelo have all joined Arsenal from the Nou Camp and experienced varying degrees of success. Merida failed to make an impact while Bellerin and Pleguezuelo are believed to be approaching a first team call up.

Such a call up will still be years away for Spanoudakis but if he impresses, Wenger will not hesitate to give him a call up for Capital One Cup games. Fabregas also made his debut in the same competition, becoming Arsenal's youngest ever player at 16 years and 177 days.

Other players likely to break through to the Arsenal first team included creative midfielder Dan Crowley, goalkeeper Damien Martinez and defender Isaac Hayden, who has already made several first team appearances.

Martinez should become Arsenal's third choice goalkeeper behind Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina while Isaac Hayden could also become Arsenal's fourth choice centre-back.

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