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3 exciting Arsenal academy starlets who Emery may use in the Europa League group stages

Arsenal have been drawn against Eintracht Frankfurt, Standard Liege and Vitoria in Group F in the Europa League. 

The Gunners will be favourites to top the group. Unai Emery has previously used the group stages of this competition to rotate his squad and hand valuable first team minutes to talented youth prospects. This not only helps with their development but also allows more senior players to take some much-needed rest.

With trips to Germany, Belgium and Portugal on the horizon, the Spanish coach will likely be planning to call on some youngsters again this year. 

The likes of Emile Smith Rowe, Reiss Nelson and Bukayo Saka are likely to feature in the Europa League group stages for the Gunners. These three academy prospects will be hoping for the call up when the time comes.

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Zech Medley

The 19-year-old centre-back made his senior Arsenal debut in the Europa League group stages last season, coming on from the bench against Vorskla Poltava. He then made another substitute appearance against Qarabag, and featured from the bench against Blackpool in the FA Cup. He will be hoping to add to his three Arsenal outings this season.

Physically imposing and comfortable on the ball, Medley has all the makings of a modern centre-back. He has certainly impressed at youth level and deserves a chance to make the step up.

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Tyreece John-Jules

John-Jules is a hugely exciting talent. The 18-year-old forward is supremely technically gifted and is capable of the spectacular. He is also versatile and can pose a threat out wide and from a slightly deeper role. He has started the season strongly for the Arsenal under-23s, and if he can maintain his current form then he may well be rewarded by Emery with a first team debut.

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Folarin Balogun

Balogun has begun the new campaign in explosive fashion. The 18-year-old striker has bagged three goals in as many Premier League 2 appearances for the under-23s so far this season. Last season he racked up 25 goals in 19 league appearances for the under-18s.

A natural finisher and an athletic presence, Balogun could certainly pose a threat to defences at senior level. Emery will certainly have been keeping an eye on the prolific youngster’s rapid recent progress, perhaps with the Europa League group stages in mind.

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