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This season, like every Premier League campaign, saw the emergence of world class players, that the season before were just up and coming hot prospects; Jack Wilshere is this season’s stand out example. The Arsenal’s ace rise to prominence, has already got me thinking what talent will be uncovered next season, Manchester United’s ‘kids’ emphatically won the FA Youth Cup in recent days so it is only a matter of time before they begin making a push for the first team and Liverpool have reaped the rewards of their youth set up this season, and no doubt will again next campaign. But who will be the ones to watch next season?

Manchester United

Ryan Tunnicliffe is a central midfielder, who has already earned comparisons to United legend Roy Keane, for his powerful midfield performances. In January 2010 the Englishman signed a three year contract with the Red Devils, a huge show of faith from Sir Alex Ferguson and his staff, that they think the midfielder has what it takes.

Chelsea

Gael Kakuta is an attacking winger, signed illegally by Chelsea, however with such reviews as “Perhaps one criticism was that he didn’t try very hard sometimes in training – because he didn’t need to! He could already do everything.” (Lens Scout) who can blame them? Very much of the Florent Malouda mould and with Malouda rumoured to be part of the reported squad overhaul at Stamford Bridge this summer, the Frenchman could add considerably to his appearance tally of six.

Manchester City

Alex Tchuimeni-Nimely, commentators everywhere will be hoping I am wrong about this City striker as his name is impossible to pronounce. However the twenty year old is rated highly by the staff at Eastlands. Having progressed well in the reserves, with ten goals in all competitions Tchuimeni-Nimely was awarded a four year contract in April of 2010, and went on to make his first team debut the same season. Sadly this season the bright star was lost in and amongst all the pound signs, however with Manchester City having bigger aspirations than the League Cup now, next season may see the forward make a name for himself.

Arsenal

Ryo Miyaichi signed for Arsenal in January of this year and was instantly loaned out to Feyenoord, twelve games and three goals later, the Japanese forward has earnt the nickname ‘Ryodinho’. Enough said.

Tottenham Hotspur

Danny Rose exploded onto the footballing scene with that wonder goal against bitter rivals Arsenal, and after a few loan spells, Rose has returned to the Lilywhites first team squad towards the end of this season, and has put in some assured and comfortable performances. With vital experience under his belt, the midfielder could become an integral part of Redknapp’s side with Niko Kranjcar, Jermaine Jenas and Wilson Palacios, among others rumoured to be on their way out.

Liverpool

Conor Coady will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of John Flanagan and Jack Robinson this season. The Liverpool youngster who has represented England at various levels and can play either centre back or centre midfield, is regarded by the Liverpool staff as an ideal future captain, high praise indeed.

Everton

Jose Baxter can play any attacking position and has been at The Toffees since he was just six years old. The Englishman has made several appearances in an Everton shirt and has broken records along the way, becoming Everton’s youngest ever first team player at just 16 years and 191 days old. Baxter is a player of immense natural talent, this talent saw him named as this season’s reserve player of the season; maybe next season he will be first team player of the season.

Fulham

Matthew Briggs made his Fulham debut at the age of 16 years and 65 days, making him the youngest player ever to play in the Premier League. The defender has captained the England Under 19 side and has made a couple of appearances this season. With Fulham not having the biggest squad, the Englishman could very well become a permanent fixture in Mark Hughes’ back four next season.

Aston Villa

Jonathan Hogg, was widely tipped to join the likes of Ciaran Clark and Marc Albrighton in making the breakthrough into the first team, however the midfielder didn’t. However after an impressive loan spell at Portsmouth, the Englishman no doubt next season will stake a claim for first team football.

Sunderland

Billy Knott was signed by Sunderland after his release from Chelsea and made an instant impact in the reserves with five goals in his first eight games. The creative wingers good form caught the eye of Steve Bruce and was drafted into the first team squad in February, with Sunderland losing Bolo Zenden and Sulley Muntari there is definitely room in the midfield next season for the former Chelsea trainee.

West Brom

James Hurst progressed through the Baggies academy set up and then joined Portsmouth at 16, however two years later he was back at The Hawthorns. The defender has made his debuts’ in the league, Carling Cup and FA Cup this season, and impressed greatly, so much so that in January West Brom offered the Englishman an improved two and a half year contract.

Newcastle United

Sam Ameobi, third Ameobi to play at Newcastle United, made his Premier League debut in the recent 2-2 draw with Chelsea this season. Much like his brother, the striker poses an aerial threat and with Newcastle needing a target man after the sale of Andy Carroll, could the Nigerian be that man next season?

Stoke City

Ben Marshall is a nineteen year old striker who has spent the season at Northampton Town, earning valuable experience at a competitive level. The Englishman impressed Stoke City’s staff is the pre season before this current campaign and will no doubt be used in the up and coming pre season, and if Marshall continues to impress, next season could be a big one for the striker.

Bolton Wanderers

Temitope Obadeyi is (according to Bolton’s official website) “an exciting young striker with a bright future in the game”. Having gained vital first team experience on loan at Swindon and Rochdale, the big forward has started to break through into the first team squad as has come off the subs bench on a couple of occasions, but with Daniel Sturridge returning to Chelsea and Johan Elmander’s leaving the club, the English striker could get his chance next season as a regular.

Blackburn Rovers

Grant Hanley made his PL debut on the final day of the 09/10 season and this season the defender has made seven appearances in all competitions. With Chris Samba constantly linked with a move away, the Scottish Under 21 player could very well become a prominent fixture in Steve Kean’s side next season.

Wigan Athletic

Victor Moses has spent most of his fledgling Latics career coming off the bench, but despite this the former Crystal Palace man has showcased his talents enough for me to be excited about him next season. Lightening speed, quick feet and excellent finishing, all traits we love to witness and see in a player. The Englishman can play on the wings or up front, and after finishing 16th in the league this season, what has Roberto Martinez got to lose in using Moses more frequently?

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing has earnt a reputation as an accomplished midfielder who has an eye for goal. The Englishman has made a handful of pre season appearances for Wolves but in his first competitive match in the Carling Cup against Swindon for Wolves, he secured the Man of the Match award. Mendez-Laing has been on loan at Peterborough this season making nearly forty appearances and notching five goals.

With regards to the promoted teams, I have decided to choose three players that will excel beyond expectation, such as Charlie Adam of Blackpool this season.

QPR

Throughout this season, I have continually said that Adel Taarabt has just found his level at the Championship, but after watching a Youtube compilation of the Moroccan’s best bits, I now understand that it is a bit more than media hyperbole. The former Spurs man is a joy to behold on the ball and the Premier League is in for a real treat.

Norwich

This season the Canaries forward Grant Holt has been stealing all the headlines at Carrow Road, however for me it will be Wesley Hoolahan who makes a name for himself in England’s highest tier of football. Used predominantly at the tip of a diamond formation, just behind the strikers, the Republic of Ireland international has an eye for goal and is very much the ‘heartbeat’ of Norwich City’s attacking play.

Swansea

I wanted to avoid going for the obvious answer of Scott Sinclair but having just watched the former Chelsea man score a hat trick at Wembley in the play-off final, I cannot wait to see him in the Premier League. Skilful, pacey and prolific in front of goal, a neutrals dream player when watching Match of the Day.

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I know you all laughed when you saw the title of my article; if I’m honest, so did I, but despite Arsenal yet again showing that they choke when the pressure intensifies and that defensive fragilities are very much not a thing of the past, has the season been a total washout for Arsene Wenger’s Red and White Army?

I mean, until recently, they were the only club challenging on four fronts and, even though they imploded dramatically, surely being there or thereabouts in four competitions by February is a feat in its own right?

All is not lost for the North London outfit despite increasing frustrations both in the boardroom and amongst the fans.

Pat Rice is an Arsenal legend, as a player and as Arsene Wenger’s assistant manager. It is widely reported that the Irishman will be retiring at the end of this season and even though this will a major loss for the whole club, at least us fans don’t have to see Rice’s rather effeminate sitting position that does no favours for a club supposedly lacking in leaders and ‘real men’.

Nicklas Bendtner is said to be looking for a way out this summer; this is the man who told the world his sob story of having to give up things such as skiing in order to play football, which is why he apparently justifies his enormous salary. Throw that in with the missed opportunity against Barcelona in the second leg, as well as the pink boots episode, and it figures that most Arsenal fans will be glad to see the back of the big Dane.

Theo Walcott has come a long way this season in justifying the reported £10 million paid for him at the age of just 17 and his surprising and controversial inclusion in England’s 2006 World Cup squad. Walcott has been dogged with injuries and inconsistent performances throughout his Arsenal career, but this season has seen the Englishman combine blistering pace with an all round game that has seen him notch 11 goals and 10 assists in all competitions. It has taken a while, but Arsenal fans are beginning to see the Theo Walcott that was promised to them just a few years back.

Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski, apart from being the hardest names to spell in the Premier League, have begun to ease Arsenal fans’ frustrations at Wenger’s decision not to sign a world class keeper in the summer. Fabianski dislodged Almunia from the number one spot and, despite a performance against Newcastle that the fans had come accustomed to, the young Pole has saved them vital points against Wolves, Blackburn and Everton. During the season Fabianski unfortunately suffered through injury, leaving Arsenal only one fit keeper, the 20 year old and fellow Pole Szczesny, whose performances have had the media wondering whether Arsene Wenger has finally solved his long-term goalkeeping crisis. Arsenal fans, for the first time in a while, don’t have too many concerns about the man between the sticks.

Arsenal have always received plaudits for their youth set up and the players it produces, and it is no different this season. Henri Lansbury is currently out on loan with Norwich City, Kyle Bartley is with Rangers establishing himself as a no nonsense defender and Ryo Miyaichi has impressed a great deal on loan at Feyenoord. No doubt all the returning players will looking to break into the first team next season.

Laurent Koscielny was doing a very good job at hindering Arsene Wenger’s record at unearthing unknown talent, after some poor displays at the beginning of the season. What a difference a game makes though, and after an impressive performance against Chelsea, the Frenchman has never looked back (the Carling Cup final aside) and has become a more assured defender, no longer giving Arsenal fans as many jitters when he is on the ball.

Away form is something the Arsenals of recent years knew nothing about, yet this year has seen them become a force on the road, collecting 29 points, the most in the league and 6 ahead of Chelsea and Manchester United. If only they could combine decent home and away form in the same season, they may find themselves going the distance and expanding the trophy cabinet.

Winning the Premier League still isn’t as ridiculous as it sounds; stranger things have happened. Arsenal still have to play Manchester United at home, and who knows? Arsenal fans could be celebrating their 11th league title come May.

A creative midfielder who scores goals, is a joy to watch and is linked with Barcelona; no, I’m not talking about Cesc Fabregas. I’m actually talking about PFA Footballer of the Year runner up, Samir Nasri, who has had a fantastic season for the Gunners, especially early season, with his sublime trickery and eye for goal being a real asset to Arsenal this season. Further to this, Nasri has shown he is more than capable of filling in for Fabregas in the middle of the park should the Spaniard leave, which, as it happens, is probably where some of his best performances have come.

Jack Wilshere, what a season he has had. PFA Young player of the year, full England international and fantastic performances, including against the elite Barcelona team, not bad for a 19 year old. The Englishman has epitomised consistency this season and displayed the mental strength to become a legend of the beautiful game.