The 3 biggest talents at Arsenal's Hale End

  • Arsenal have one of the most revered academies in England
  • Ethan Nwaneri among starlets on the club's books
  • Mikel Arteta yet to trust academy stars

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Hale End is well known for producing world-class talents and has gained the reputation of being one of the best academies in the country.

Most recently it was Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe who stepped off the production line and into the first team, but who is likely to follow in their footsteps?

Here are three of Hale End's brightest stars.


1. Ethan Nwaneri

Ethan Nwaneri
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Potentially the most famous player currently at the academy, Ethan Nwaneri is one of the most anticipated talents in the country.

At 16 years old, Nwaneri has already made two senior appearances and last season made history as the youngest ever Premier League player at the age of 15 years and 181 days old.

The 2007-born England U17 international is an attack-minded midfielder with exceptional technique and an eye for goal. At the time of writing, Nwaneri has four goals and two assists in five appearances in the Premier League 2, as well as six goals in just two FA Youth Cup appearances.

The youngster is an exceptional talent and will hopefully have many successful years ahead of him in the famous red and white.


2. Reuell Walters

Reuell Walters
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Reuell Walters plays his trade at right-back, but can also fill in at the centre of defence and Arsenal fans may recognise his name from Mikel Arteta’s substitutes bench.

Despite being just 19 years old, Walters has frequently joined Arteta’s squad and earned his 20th senior call-up in the recent 6-0 thrashing against West Ham.

The young full-back is yet to make a competitive appearance but was in action in pre-season against FC Nurnberg, coming on as a substitute back in July. Walters joined the club from across north London at Tottenham but was meant to sign for Manchester United before an administrative error allowed the Gunners to swoop in.


3. Mika Biereth

Mika Biereth
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Mika Biereth is a 21-year-old striker who has been at the club since 2021.

The club signed him from the Fulham academy where he registered an eye-watering tally of 21 goals and 13 assists in 21 appearances for Fulham U18’s in the 2020/21 season.

Biereth is a strong and direct striker with an eye for goal and is an instinctive finisher. He has spent this season on loan, initially at Motherwell in Scotland where he registered six goals and five assists in 14 games.

In January, Biereth was recalled and sent to Austrian side SK Sturm Graz. He has been registered to play in the Europa Conference League and has already scored on his debut in the competition. Could Mika be the answer to Mikel Arteta’s centre-forward headache?


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