Arsenal once were known for nurturing young talents and bringing them into their first-team.
The likes of Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Cesc Fabregas, Alex Song, Kieran Gibbs, Theo Walcott, and Wojciech Szczesny are just some of the youngsters who became regulars under Arsene Wenger.
Unai Emery looks set to be frustrated by Arsenal’s transfer budget this summerThis, though, has changed in recent years with the Gunners mainly shelling out for proven talents like Pierre-Emerick Aubameynag, Alexandre Lacazette, Bernd Leno, and Sokratis Papastathopoulos.
Matteo Guendouzi has come in, while Reiss Nelson and Emile Smith Rowe are just two of the promising starlets in their squad.
But it can’t excuse the club for losing four exceptional youngsters in three campaigns, as they have done.
Unai Emery, 47, has a budget of just £40million this summer and, as he struggles to make it stretch, there are players, all under 24, worth a combined £80million, as a conservative estimate, the club has cast aside on the cheap.
So, what happened to Serge Gnabry, Ismael Bennacer, Donyell Malen, and Jeff Reine-Adelaide? talkSPORT.com takes a look below…
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Big things were expected from Bennacer when he first joined from Ligue 2 side AC Arles-Avignon in 2015.
The midfielder was unable to make the breakthrough at the Emirates – making just one first-team appearance – and subsequently joined Empoli on a permanent deal two years later.
The 21-year-old has been an ever-present since signing for the club, with Genoa reportedly in talks with Empoli over striking a deal for Bennacer this summer.