Next Bukayo Saka? Three young Arsenal stars poised to shine on big stage in FA Youth Cup clash
Arsenal’s under-18s host Cambridge United in the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup on Thursday night.
The game will take place at Emirates Stadium as Arsenal’s stars of the future get the rare chance to showcase their talent on the big stage.
Arsenal are taking the FA Youth Cup seriously this season and players who usually represent the under-21s have been involved throughout the competition.
The Gunners have not won the FA Youth Cup since 2009, when their current U18 manager Jack Wilshere was playing.
The current crop are determined to change that and here Standard Sport takes a look at three players who could catch the eye at the Emirates...
The 17-year-old is one of the brightest prospects in the Arsenal academy right now and the club have high hopes for him.
Cozier-Duberry played for the first team in a friendly against Juventus during the World Cup break and has been on the bench in recent weeks.
The winger has set his sights on following in the footsteps of Bukayo Saka and there are similarities between the pair.
Cozier-Duberry’s game is similar to Saka in that he likes to operate out wide and cut in-field. He excelled in the last round of the FA Youth Cup, scoring twice as Arsenal beat Watford 4-2.
The comparisons to Saka are also born out of the way Cozier-Duberry holds himself off the pitch. He is quite a shy person usually but becomes a different person when he steps over the white line.
The midfielder made headlines earlier this season when he became the youngest player in Premier League history.
Nwaneri came on for Arsenal against Brentford, making his debut for the club at the age of just 15 years and 181 days.
The fact he was given his debut despite being so young underlines how highly Arsenal rate him. Nwaneri is yet to sign a professional deal as he is not yet of the right age, and the Gunners will want to tie him down as other clubs are tracking him.
He has played regularly for the U21s this season, but has appeared for the U18s in the Youth Cup. He stands out because his physicality and composure on the ball is far greater than what you’d expect from someone his age.
Another talented midfielder from Arsenal’s academy that the club have high hopes for. The 16-year-old was excellent in the last round as the Gunners came from behind to beat Watford.
Lewis-Skelly has impressed with his ability to play under pressure. He sometimes finds himself with two or three defenders around him, but his quick feet allow him to get away from trouble.
The youngster is already catching the eye of the first team and travelled to their training camp in Dubai during the World Cup. As recently as this month, Lewis-Skelly was also called up to train with the senior side.