An influx of injuries means two youngsters could well make their European debuts.
Arsenal have been hit with a spate of injuries of late and as a result manager Arsene Wenger has named two youngsters for the Champions League match with Marseille.
Isaac Hayden and Chuba Akpom has traveled with the Gunners squad to France for the game at the Stade Velodrome and are extremely likely to be named on the bench for the match.
With players such as Mikel Arteta, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby all sidelined with long-term injuries, the fragile squad at Wenger’s disposal has been exposed.
Therefore teenagers Hayden and Akpom could both get the opportunity to see if they are up to the job and become the next Jack Wilshere or Kieran Gibbs.
Hayden is an 18-year-old centre-back who has been capped at every national youth level up to the under-19s.
The defender can also operate as a defensive or holding midfielder and so far this term has provided two assists in the Premier League’s under-21s competition.
Akpom is the more fancied of the pair to break into the senior team in the near future and the 17-year-old has in fact made a Premier League appearance from the bench this term, against Sunderland.
The striker has six goals in eight caps for the England under-19s and has also netted in the under-21s league.
Akpom’s pace means the teenager is capable of playing out wide as well and with the north London’s club’s lack of options in attack, there could well be more opportunities for the forward this season.
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