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Arsenal starlet names the four young players who can make the step-up

The Gunners starlet has made 14 first team appearances having come through the ranks at and knows talent

Reiss Nelson has grown up with Arsenal starlets and knows a good one when he sees one.

Gunners starlet Nelson has made 14 first team appearances having come through the ranks at London Colney - joining the academy as a nine-year-old.

And has picked out the quartet of Trae Coyle, Xavier Amaechi, Flo Balogun and Bukayo Saka as the current crop to follow in his footsteps, as originally reported by Football.London.

The Gunners under 18s reached the FA Youth Cup semi-finals earlier this week, and will play Blackpool, with Emile Smith Rowe netting twice, while Saka, Balogun and Amaechi also bagged.

Nelson has been at Arsenal for 11 years (Image: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Trae Coyle has trained with the Gunners first team (Image: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

And Nelson was suitably impressed.

"It’s a really exciting time for all youth teams at the moment," Nelson told Arsenal.com

"We’re near the top of the table in the Premier League 2 and we’re into the latter rounds of the FA Youth Cup.

"I think everyone’s just buzzing in the youth section of the training ground at the moment.

Xavier Amaechi in action for England under 17s (Image: Bongarts)

Bukayo Saka is an England U17 international (Image: Bongarts)

"We’ve got so many talented youngsters in our ranks, but the ones who have really stood out to me are Trae Coyle at No 10 and Xavier on the wing, who has also made a couple of under-23 appearances.

"Flo Balogun is like a young Eddie Nketiah up front because he gets into good positions and always scores goals.

"I really like Bukayo Saka as well. He’s still young but is doing the business for them, including that really good goal at Anfield. He’s definitely one for the future."

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