Arsenal have three of the best top 10 young talents in world football, according to online scouting database Football Talent Scout.
Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka and William Saliba have all been named as some of the top young talents on the planet – which bodes well for the future for the north Londoners.
The survey lists 19-year-old Saliba in tenth place, with starlet Saka a slot higher in ninth, with the prodigious 18-year-old Martinelli sixth on the list of world football’s top 50 teenagers.
The talented Saka and Martinelli could save Arsenal millions in the transfer market if they continue to make progress and stay at the club long term to boost chances of silverware under Arteta in the future.
Saka’s emergence has been stark considering he was playing for Freddie Ljungberg’s U21 academy side in the Checkatrade Trophy last season, while Brazilian teen Martinelli has excelled after arriving from Sao Paolo side Ituano after playing in the Campeonato Paulista this time last year.
While much is expected of defender Saliba when he joins Arsenal from Saint Etienne imminently - after signing for the Gunners last summer, only to be loaned back for a year.
The listing is a boost to the Gunners, struggling with finances before the coronavirus pandemic halted football – with the lack of matchday and TV revenues during lockdown prompting the club to ask the Mikel Arteta’s squad to take a 12.5 per cent pay cut – with the vast majority agreeing.
However, it is the young tyros already at the club in Saka and Martinelli that provide real hope for the future for Arsenal supporters - as Arteta’s squad aim to finish as high up the table as and when the 2019-20 Premier League season resumes.
The top 50 youngsters on the planet as chosen by scouting database Football Talent Scout
- Rayan Cherki (FRA, 2003, attacking midfielder, Olympique Lyon)
- Eduardo Camavinga (FRA, 2002, defensive midfielder, Rennes)
- Mason Greenwood (ENG, 2001, striker, Manchester United)
- Mohamed Ihattaren (NED, 2002, attacking midfielder, PSV Eindhoven)
- Rodrygo (BRA, 2001, winger, Real Madrid)
- Gabriel Martinelli (BRA, 2001, striker, Arsenal)
- Reinier (BRA, 2002, attacking midfielder, Real Madrid)
- Ansu Fati (ESP, 2002, winger, FC Barcelona)
- Bukayo Saka (ENG, 2001, left-back, Arsenal)
- William Saliba (FRA, 2001, centre-back, Arsenal)
- Billy Gilmour (SCO, 2001, central midfielder, Chelsea)
- Myron Boadu (NED, 2001, striker, AZ Alkmaar)
- Adil Aouchiche (FRA, 2002, central midfielder, PSG)
- Jude Bellingham (ENG, 2003, central midfielder, Birmingham)
- Thiago Almada (ARG, 2001, second striker, Velez)
- Tanguy Kouassi (FRA, 2002, centre-back, PSG)
- Pedri (ESP, 2002, winger, Las Palmas/FC Barcelona)
- Eric Garcia (ESP, 2001, centre-back, Manchester City)
- Sebastiano Esposito (ITA, 2002, striker, Inter)
- Naci Ünüvar (NED, 2003, attacking midfielder, Ajax Amsterdam)
- Giovanni Reyna (USA, 2002, attacking midfielder, BVB)
- Fábio Silva (POR, 2002, striker, FC Porto)
- Talles Magno (BRA, 2002, winger, Vasco)
- Robert Navarro (ESP, 2002, attacking midfielder, Real Sociedad)
- Karim Adeyemi (GER, 2002, striker, RB Salzburg)
- João Pedro (BRA, 2001, striker, Watford)
- Takefusa Kubo (JPN, 2001, winger, Real Madrid)
- Ronaldo Camará (POR, 2003, central midfielder, Benfica)
- Yari Verschaeren (BEL, 2001, attacking midfielder, Anderlecht)
- Ryan Gravenberch (NED, 2002, central midfielder, Ajax Amsterdam)
- Filip Stevanovi? (SRB, 2002, winger, Partizan)
- Gabriel Veron (BRA, 2002, winger, Palmeiras)
- Hannibal Mejbri (FRA, 2003, central midfielder, Manchester United)
- Darío Sarmiento (ARG, 2003, winger, Estudiantes)
- James Garner (ENG, 2001, defensive midfielder, Manchester United)
- Adam Hlozek (CZE, 2002, striker, Sparta Prague)
- Jérémy Doku (BEL, 2002, winger, Anderlecht)
- Kang-in Lee (KOR, 2001, attacking midfielder, Valencia)
- Benoît Badiashile (FRA, 2001, centre-back, AS Monaco)
- Joelson Fernandes (POR, 2003, winger, Sporting CP)
- Israel Salazar (ESP, 2003, striker, Real Madrid)
- Ilaix Moriba (ESP, 2003, central midfielder, FC Barcelona)
- Matías Palacios (ARG, 2002, attacking midfielder, San Lorenzo)
- Lucien Agoume (FRA, 2002, defensive midfielder, Inter)
- Joshua Zirkzee (NED, 2001, striker, Bayern)
- Kacper Koz?owski (POL, 2003, central midfielder, Pogo? Szczecin)
- Eduardo Quaresma (POR, 2002, centre-back, Sporting CP)
- Curtis Jones (ENG, 2001, central midfielder, Liverpool)
- Strahinja Pavlovi? (SRB, 2001, centre-back, Partizan)
- Victor Mollejo (ESP, 2001, winger, Atletico Madrid