AFTER years of under-performing, Arsenal’s academy is producing some seriously good talent.
And it seems a golden generation could soon be celebrated by the club’s fans.
11 Jordi Osei-Tutu is the latest Arsenal starlet getting rave reviews
Emile Smith Rowe, Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah have already made their mark for the senior team.
But scouts from other clubs are flocking to Arsenal’s under-23s games to watch Xavier Amaechi, Tyreece John-Jules and also Jordi Osei-Tutu, and there is some real excitement around the club.
Right-back Osei-Tutu is a regular for the under-23s and was wanted in the January transfer window by clubs in Germany, France and also MLS in the United States for a loan move.
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Getty – Contributor11 Osei-Tutu has been a regular at right back for Arsenal's youth team
Getty Images – Getty11 Unai Emery pulled the plug on Osei-Tutu heading out on loan last January after Hector Bellerin's injury
Due to Hector Bellerin’s injury, Unai Emery put a block on any switch even though he has yet to feature for the senior team.
Osei-Tutu, 20, moved to Arsenal in 2015 after being signed from Reading's academy for a fee of around £100,000.
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And he became the fourth Ghanaian youth player to rise through the ranks at Arsenal in recent times after Zak Ansah, Daniel Boateng and Emmanuel Frimpong.
Yet Osei-Tutu is being watched by England’s youth scouts and if he continues to progress as expected, will soon get a call-up.
Getty – Contributor11 Osei-Tutu joined Arsenal in 2015 for £100,000 from Reading and was brought into the squad by Arsene Wenger
11 Osei-Tutu and his family hail from Ghana
As a youngster, Osei-Tutu was a goalscoring winger but in the under-18s, Arsenal switched him to a right-back.
The club considered reverting him to a winger last season but after training with the first-team last term, former boss Arsene Wenger insisted he has great potential by remaining as an attacking defender. The switch back to his old position was aborted.
He also involved in the senior matchday squad last season including the Europa League clash against Red Star Belgrade and in the Premier League at Manchester United.
Getty – Contributor11 Unai Emery has lots of faith in Osei-Tutu
Getty – Contributor11 Osei-Tutu was converted from a winger to attacking full back
New boss Unai Emery picked him to start in the pre-season friendly against Boreham Wood – albeit at left-back – in what was the Spanish manager's first ever game in charge back in July.
With good crossing ability, a decent engine, strength in the tackle and with an ability to read the game, Emery believes he will make it at Arsenal – and also included him in a young squad which made the trip to Vorskla Poltava in the Europa League.
Also on the flight to the Ukraine were fellow youngsters John-Jules and Willock and Charlie Gilmour.
Getty – Contributor11 Under Arsenal under 23 boss Freddie Ljungberg, Osei-Tutu has prospered
Getty – Contributor11 Should Osei-Tutu continue to impress a first team appearance could come soon
Getty – Contributor11 Osei-Tutu could be seen as a replacement for Hector Bellerin
Getty – Contributor11 However, it looks more likely that Osei-Tutu will get valuable first team experience on loan
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A big influence on Osei-Tutu at Arsenal has been former star Freddie Ljungberg, head coach of the under-23s. He has given the youngster added encouragement and told him to have no fear in the final third.
Although the player could be loaned out next season, he is still expected to make a mark at the club.
Arsenal supporters have had to put up with lots of boasting from Spurs fans about their academy but finally, the red and white half of north London looks as though it will have something to shout about on that front.