Arsenal trio named in top 10 youngsters in world football

Date published: Saturday 9th May 2020 1:08 - Matthew Briggs

Arsenal have three of the 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 giving Gunners fans huge hope for the future.

Football Talent Scout ranks 19-year-old Saliba in 10th, 19-year-old Saka ninth and 18-year-old Martinelli sixth on the list of world football’s top 50 teenagers.

The top five looks like this with Man Utd forward Mason Greenwood in third place, while Chelsea’s Billy Gilmour is in 11th

1, Rayan Cherki (FRA, Olympique Lyon)
2. Eduardo Camavinga (FRA, Rennes)
3. Mason Greenwood (ENG, Manchester United)
4. Mohamed Ihattaren (NED, PSV Eindhoven)
5. Rodrygo (BRA, Real Madrid)

Part of the credit for the emergence of Saka and Martinelli must go down to Gunners boss Mikel Arteta. Since replacing Unai Emery at The Emirates in December he has shown great faith in the left-sided Saka, who has made  12 Premier League starts – most of which came under Arteta.

Martinelli has also been trusted by Arteta and the youngster has responded with some impressive performances, while Saliba will return this summer after spending 12 months on loan at Saint-Etienne.




Bacary Sagna says  Saliba will learn fast and become one of the best defenders in the Premier League when he returns.

The defender signed for the Gunners last summer from Saint-Etienne in a £27million deal, but he was immediately loaned back to the Ligue 1 side.

Saliba will return to The Emirates this summer and former defender Sagna is expecting big things from the 6ft 3in central defender

“First he will need to adapt to English football,” Sagna exclusively told Goal. “He is a big prospect for the future but Arsenal need him to perform as soon as he starts.

“He is aware of that probably, but he has a lot of qualities and he will learn fast. Hopefully he will achieve good things and become one of the best centre-backs in the league.


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