3 Arsenal youngsters spotted in Porto ahead of Champions League clash

As Arsenal prepare for their Champions League clash against Porto this evening, Mikel Arteta has flied out these 3 promising youngsters.
Arsenal U18 v West Ham United U18 - FA Youth Cup Final
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On Wednesday evening, Arsenal will face Porto in the Round of 16 Champions League clash. It is their first of two ties, with the first happening to be an away fixture. There is a lot of excitement around this game but from Mikel Arteta's perspective, it's one he must get right in order to progress to the quarterfinal of the competition.

Arteta is expected to field a very strong lineup, with some key players set to return from injury. Although Arteta is known to be the experimental and trusting type, he is not expected to make any drastic changes, as he hopes to continue the tremendous form his side has shown in recent matches.

3 Arsenal youngsters spotted in Porto ahead of Champions League clash

However, Arteta does have options. As noted by The Daily Cannon, footage from fans at the Porto airport has revealed something pretty interested (and no, I'm not just talking about Rio Ferdinand being serenaded by Bukayo Saka chants the whole journey, as hilarious as that was).

Three promising youngsters have travelled with the squad, with a slim but possible chance of being brought off the bench, should the game work in Arsenal's favour early doors. Ethan Nwaneri, James Sweet, and Ayden Heaven were all part of a video of the travelling squad.

Ethan Nwaneri is a name popular amongst the Arsenal fans since he is their youngest Premier League debutant in history. The 16-year-old has already featured for the Gunners this season and he has a bright future ahead of him. Out of the three, he would be the most likely to come on against Porto.

James Sweet is another player to watch, with the 19-year-old featured in the squad against Burnley at the weekend. He is a versatile player who could play as a full-back or a midfielder, with his colossal frame proving to be a key selling point throughout his youth career.

Lastly, Heaven would be looking to make his first appearance in the squad, should he make the bench tonight. It would be a terrific milestone for the versatile player, who has shades of Granit Xhaka in the way he can play as a midfielder or defender. If he doesn't make the cut tonight, there will be more opportunities going forward as he has proven hungry to succeed in the youth setup.

How do you think Arsenal will lineup to face Porto in the Champions League tonight?