Arsenal’s 4 wonderkids on Football Manager 2024: Nwaneri, Cozier-Duberry…
Football Manager 2024 is out now. There’ll be no shortage of Arsenal fans looking to emulate Mikel Arteta to craft a young and hungry side capable of challenging for silverware.
Having produced the likes of Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah in recent years, Hale End has a deserved reputation as one of the best academies in England. The production line of talent continues, although the Gunners don’t boast quite as many wonderkids as other top clubs in this year’s edition of Football Manager.
We’ve gone through the club’s four wonderkids on Football Manager 2024 (via FMScout) to give you the rundown.
The 18-year-old defender has long been identified as one of the most promising prospects in Arsenal’s youth ranks.
He spent four years on Tottenham’s books and nearly joined Manchester United but has ended up at Arsenal – and there’s every chance he develops into the one that got away.
Walters, who represents England at Under-19 level, is yet to make his senior competitive debut but he caught the eye in pre-season and may yet get fast-tracked to a first-team role following the lengthy injury suffered by Jurrien Timber.
The teenager predominantly plays at centre-back but can slot in at right-back and has continued his development in the UEFA Youth League in 2023-24 so far.
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Born and raised in Islington, there’s great hope that Lewis-Skelly can develop into Arsenal’s next homegrown hero.
The midfielder only turned 17 in September but he’s already caught the eye with a knack for lung-busting dribbles that leave the opposition looking daft.
“I know it will be quite tough but the next objective is to break through to the first team,” the ambitious youngster said after signing his first professional contract earlier this month.
“I believe that my ability and mindset can really distinguish me from the rest.
“Hopefully, if they give me opportunities, I can take them and keep working, keep my head down, and hopefully the results can take care of themselves.
“It’s so good just to learn from the players, learn their good habits and implement them into my game so I can keep developing and enjoy that environment because I like to ask questions and learn from the best. I can’t complain.”
“Amario is very exciting and Mikel (Arteta) likes him. He reminds me of Bukayo Saka, plays in the same position as him, needs to get better with his decision-making like Bukayo did, but he’s definitely exciting,” Arsenal Under-18s manager told football.london last season.
“In some moments he’s unplayable. You give him the ball and he can make things happen. You can set up a team and have a game plan, but when you’ve got individuals like that you’ve got a chance.”
Remember the name.
With an FMScout rating of 84, Nwaneri is Arsenal’s highest-rated wonderkid on Football Manager 2024.
We’ve been banging the Nwaneri drum for quite some time – but we’re far from the only ones. Arsenal’s youngest-ever debutant is yet to really break through under Arteta, but the secret is out that Nwaneri is one of the hottest prospects in English football.
Chelsea reportedly tried to poach the youngster, but he’s committed his future to Arsenal and has agreed to a professional deal for when he turns 17 next March.
Given that tender age, it might be a while yet before Nwaneri really breaks through and plays regularly. But we can’t wait to see what he’s made of. The kind of talent you build your club’s future around in Football Manager.