Arsenal face AFC Wimbledon in a Carabao Cup third round tie at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night.
The cup competition has traditionally been used as a competition to blood young talent over the years, with former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger previously fielding a number of up and coming players before they were established first team regulars.
Current Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta remains coy on whether he’ll include youngsters in his squad for the game, insisting that he’ll play the “strongest” team he can field.
“I hope that I can put out the strongest team I can,” Arteta told Arsenal’s official website.
“That means that the players have performed really well and then give a really strong performance and this is what we want to do.
“Let’s see who’s available, how they recover and what is the best way to approach the game.”
football.london takes a look at four Arsenal youngsters who took part in the Gunners’ final pre-match training session ahead of Wednesday’s match.
As exclusively revealed by football.london over the summer, 17-year-old Patino was integrated into first team training this season.
Patino is considered to be one of Arsenal’s most talented youngsters and will have a full season playing for the Under-23’s games while training with the senior squad.
football.london understands that the England youngster has impressed coaching staff and senior teammates, with Arteta expected to include him in the squad on Wednesday.
Akinola’s performances at under-23s level haven’t gone unnoticed by those at the club.
The 20-year-old possesses a tenacity and dynamism to his game which makes him a unique midfield prospect for the Gunners.
Signed on a free transfer last summer after being released by Huddersfield, football.london understands that Akinola has shown rapid improvements in training over the past few weeks which have caught the eye of academy chief Per Mertesacker.
The young fullback was expected to go out on loan last month but a move to Sunderland broke down.
Alebiosu has been at Arsenal from the age of 7 and usually plays at right-back, although he has also been utilised as a winger in the past.
It’s expected that he’ll go out on loan in January but being included in first team training once again is a positive step in the right direction for the 19-year-old.
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Salah-Eddine joined Arsenal last summer on a free transfer after leaving Feyenoord last year.
The 18-year-old has made four appearances for Kevin Betsy’s under-23s side this season, scoring a goal straight from a corner in the 6-1 win over Chelsea at the weekend.
Following an injury-hit opening campaign in English football the Dutch youngster is beginning to showcase his talents and is considered among the brightest prospects at the club right now.