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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 January, 2004, 10:11 GMT
Arsenal's young guns
Jose Antonio Reyes
Reyes joins a growing list of talented youngsters at Arsenal
Arsenal are set to shell out a potential 17.5m for Sevilla winger Jose Antonio Reyes.

At 20, the Spanish international is clearly some way off his peak, which Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will be hoping to tap into.

The signing of Reyes, which is set to be confirmed on Wednesday, continues Wenger's policy of trusting in youth.

The club's Carling Cup run has given Highbury a glimpse of their future stars, both European and homegrown.

Reyes will join fellow Europeans Francesc Fabrigas, Jeremie Aliadiere and Gael Clichy who have all excelled in this season's tournament, as have Englishmen David Bentley and Justin Hoyte.


Jeremie Aliadiere
Jeremie Aliadiere (France):
Exciting 20-year-old striker in the Thierry Henry mould.

Initially broke into the first-team squad last season, appearing in four of the first five Premiership matches before suffering a hernia.

A France Under-21 regular, Aliadiere served notice of his abilities with a wonder goal to complete the 5-1 rout against Wolves in the Carling Cup.


Fransesc Fabrigas
Francesc Fabregas (Spain):
Became the youngest-ever player to feature in an Arsenal first team when he came on as a substitute against Rotherham in the Carling Cup third round, aged 16 years and 177 days.

Arsenal beat Real Madrid to sign the midfield playmaker after he helped Spain reach the final of the Under-18 World Cup.

Named player of the tournament and was the competition's top scorer with six goals.


David Bentley
David Bentley (England):
A deep-lying forward who plays Bergkamp to Aliadiere's Henry in a prolific reserve team strike partnership.

Made his senior debut as an 18-year-old substitute in January's FA Cup tie against Oxford.

Has scored five in eight games for England Under-19s but suffered a broken leg on international duty at the end of last season.

Scored a superb goal in the FA Cup fourth-round win over Middlesbrough.


Gael Clichy
Gael Clichy (France): Teenage defender who made his debut in Carling Cup win over Rotherham and scored in Arsenal's penalty shoot-out success.

The 18-year-old showed his versatility in that game by playing on the left of midfield, though Wenger regards him as a defender.

Made his Premiership debut as a substitute in the 3-0 win at Birmingham.


Justin Hoyte
Justin Hoyte (England):
Pacy full-back and another to make his full debut in the Carling Cup tie with Rotherham.

Close to a permanent breakthrough, having been named on the Arsenal substitutes' bench on several occasions already this season.

Recently turned 19, he is versatile enough to play at centre-back or full-back.





SEE ALSO
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