3 academy stars who should be loaned out next season

• The perceived crown jewel

• An experienced goalkeeper

• The future of midfield?

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2. Karl Hein

Karl Hein
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Karl Hein is undoubtedly the most experienced player included in this list, which makes his need for regular playing time an all the more pressing issue.

Hein has already made his Arsenal debut, which came in a 3-1 home Carabao Cup defeat against Brighton, and also made five appearances on loan with Reading in the EFL Championship, in the 2021/22 season, where he averaged 3.8 saves per game.

As well as this, he has already made a staggering 30 appearances for the senior Estonian national team, despite still being just 22 years old.

It is clear that Hein is too experienced, and too good, to be a third-choice goalkeeper next season, caught between the U21 side and senior team, which is why a loan move will be essential for his development.

The youngster has just signed a new contract, committing his future to the club and, despite being older than most academy players, 22 is still a young age for any goalkeeper, which means that his story at Arsenal could be far from over. Do not forget that Emiliano Martinez did not break through until he was 27 years old.

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