Arsenal scouts are set to join those of Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham in Poland this summer to watch the crème de la crème of Europe’s youngsters at the Under 21 tournament. Incidentally, reports are that Manchester United and Liverpool have decided not to send scouts to Euro 2017.
So just who could Arsenal be scouting?
Renato Sanches (Portugal)
Just 12 months ago the Bayern Munich youngster was staring for Portugal in the senior version of the tournament. Still just 19, the youngster will be hoping to put a poor first season at Bayern Munich behind him, and remind the world why he was nominated as Golden Boy in 2016. This is a tournament he really should dominate.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy)
Recently turned down a contract at home town club AS Milan, the now familiar name has defied his young age by breaking into Italian sides first team at just 18. With his contract set to expire at the end of 2018, a move this summer could be on the cards. Only downside is we would then have to deal with Mino Raiola. A greedy, greedy man.
Max Arnold (Germany)
With Jack Wilshire set to leave the club, and Santi Cazorla set to miss the rest of the year injured, Arsenal are lacking in creative central midfielders. The Wolfsburg man recently ran a friendly against England with a display of precise, intelligent passing and power.
Sandro Ramirez (Spain)
Set to leave Malaga this summer for a cut price £7million, he was destined to join Atletico Madrid before they were hit with a transfer embargo. Whilst certainly not a top choice for Arsenal, his cheap price tag could result in a risk to nothing in case other senior targets do not materialise.
Ruben Neves (Portugal)
The middle of the park for Portugal will intriguing to watch this summer with Ruben Neves joining Renato Sanches in a central midfield that would not be out of place in senior internationals. He provides the grit whilst Sanches gives the flair. A product of Port’s talent factory, he will be using this tournament to secure himself a move to one of Europe’s elite clubs.
Joel Asoro (Sweden)
18 year old Joel Asoro signed for Sunderland in 2018 and made just one appearance for the relegated side. The rapid forward is one of the first names on the teamsheet for the reigning European U21 Champions. Asoro led Sunderland to the 2016–17 Premier League International Cup Final and Arsenal have recently been tracking the youngster to reinforce their own U23 side.
Andrija Zivkovic (Serbia)
The winger is the youngest player ever to make an appearance for Serbia, aged just 17 years and 3 months. Joined Benfica last summer. Most of Europe have reportedly been monitoring the teenager, who is technically gifted and a talented dribbler. Predictably nicknamed the “Serbian Messi”.
Krystian Bielik (Poland)
The Arsenal youngster will be monitored throughout the tournament by the clubs scouts. The hosts fancy their chances at this years tournament, and a lot is expected of the powerful holding midfielder who joined the club for £2.7m in January 2015. A good performance could see him parachuted into the Arsenal 1st team squad next season.
Rob Holding and Calum Chambers (England)
The Arsenal pair are set to partner each other in the middle of England’s defence. It will be interesting to watch how they perform alongside each other for the future of the club.