5 - Jack Wilshere
Of the current crop of young guns to come through the academy, Wilshere is without doubt the player with the potential to go the furthest. Born in Stevenage, the left-footed midfielder joined Arsenal when he was nine years old and became the Gunners youngest league debutant when he featured in the clash with Blackburn Rovers in September 2009. One of the highlights in his career, he established himself as a one of the promising Arsenal player when he dominant a midfield area against Barcelona that ended with victory 2-1. Able to handle the requirements of moving from one end of the field to the other, superb technical skills with the ball, communicate well and have good organisational skills makes him a top player. Recently play for Gunners and lots of promises more come from him.
4 - Ashley Cole
Arsenal's Youth Academy Director Liam Brady believes that Cole's development into a world class left-back is the academy's greatest achievement so far. A striker in his formative years, Cole was transformed into the attacking left back we now see marauding down the wing and he benefited greatly from a loan spell at Crystal Palace in 2000. He is also one of the members in "The Invinsible" squad. After his £5million plus William Gallas switch across London to Stamford Bridge he has added two FA Cups and the League Cup to the three FA Cups and two league titles he won with the Gunners. Currently play for AS Roma after he left Chelsea at 2014.
3 - Martin Keown
Martin Keown is an English former professional footballer who played as a defenderfrom 1984 to 2005 notably in the Premier League for Arsenal where he made over 300 appearances for the club and won nine major trophies. He also played for Brighton & Hove Albion, Aston Villa, Everton, Leicester City and Reading. Keown made his England debut in 1992 against France and went on to win 43 caps for the national side over the next 10 years, gradually forming a respected defensive partnership with Arsenal team-mate Tony Adams at both club and international level. Keown represented England at four major international football finals including the 1998 and 2002 World Cups.He is now a part-time scout and coach for Arsenal, as well as a pundit for the BBC, ESPN, TV3, and Al Jazeera Sports +3. He came out of retirement in 2012 and briefly played for Combined Counties League Premier Division side Wembley in their FA Cup fixtures.
2 - Cesc Fabregas
Fabregas may not be a local lad but he is a genuine product of the Youth Academy after moving on a free from the Nou Camp to north London aged just 16 and became Arsenal’s youngest player (at the time) when came on as a sub in the League Cup game against Rotherham. Schooled by the likes of Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry, the Spaniard is an accomplished playmaker, goalscorer, was made Captain of the club age 21 and is certain to add to his tally of just one FA Cup in his time at the Emirates. Left Arsenal to his born-place, Barcelona at the year of 2010 and currently joining Arsenal's rivals, Chelsea at the year of 2014
1 - Tony Adams
Number one for the Arsenal's most successful academy player is commanding centre-back, Tony Adams. Arsenal skipper, Adams spent his entire playing career of 22 years as a defender at Arsenal. He is considered one of the greatest Arsenal players of all time by the club's own fans and was included in the Football League 100 Legends and his nickname is "Mr. Arsenal". With Arsenal, he won four top flight division titles, uniquely captaining a title-winning team in three different decades, three FA Cups, two Football League Cups, a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, and three FA Community Shields. A statue honouring Adams was unveiled at Emirates stadium on 9 December 2011, along with statues of Thierry Henry and Herbert Chapman.