Revealed: Zaha, Austin, Hughes and Trotter - the four stars Arsenal scouted last week

By Sami Mokbel


Arsenal spied on four of the Football League's most promising stars on Saturday.

Liam Trotter, Charlie Austin, Will Hughes and Wilfried Zaha - a quartet of England's best emerging talent outside the top-flight - were the subject of Arsenal's attentions last weekend.

Influential chief scout Steve Rowley attended Millwall's 2-1 win over Derby at the Den to cast his eye over Trotter and Hughes.

In demand: Arsenal have scouts watching Wilfried Zaha
Hot shot: Burnley striker Charlie Austin

In demand: Arsenal have scouts watching Zaha and Burnley's Charlie Austin (R)

Gunners spies have kept close tabs on Lions' box-to-box midfielder Trotter from the start of last season, with his performances this term earning rave reviews.

Rams midfielder Hughes, 17, has been hailed as a future England international and has made 15 starts for Nigel Clough's side this season as well as breaking into Stuart Pearce's Under-21 set-up.

Meanwhile, a senior Gunners spy ran the rule over Burnley goal-machine Charlie Austin in the Clarets' 2-1 defeat against Ipswich.

Wanted: Derby ace Will Hughes
Interest: Millwall midfielder Liam Trotter

Wanted: Derby ace Will Hughes and Millwall's Liam Trotter are also being tracked


Austin, 23, has scored 20 goals in just 18 appearances for the Lancashire club this season.

The Gunners have found the lower leagues a productive talent pool in recent years with the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Carl Jenkinson all plucked from either the Championship or League One.

Plans: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants to bolster his squad in the January transfer window

Plans: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants to bolster his squad in the January transfer window



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They will obviously buy the cheapest if they buy at all!

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Revealed. Arsenal are cheap, constantly looking for Bargains, and offering petty salaries, there's no way those players are gonna end up at the emirates

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so from Cavani and Dzeko Wenger moved to Zaha, Austin, Hughes and Trotter?? It seems like Aresenal keep re-building every 5 years.

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Phew, Austin had a poor game against Ipswich, hope that puts Arsenal off!!

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Good to hear that Arsenal are paying attention to young ENGLISH talent. It always makes me laugh when people use the excuse that English players are too expensive. You only have to look at Poldolski, Chamack, Giroud, Oscar, Remierez, Mata, Silva, Ballotelli, Dzeko to name but a few to know that foreign talent is just as expensive.

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I like the look of that foursome, but they are for the future rather than filling the Teams needs right now. I hope and pray that January brings the expected infux of a quality Defender and Defensive Midfielder.

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Not a chance these would add anything valuable to Arsenal...overated and overhyped fellas am seeing here. We already have a bunch of average players that keep getting CHANCES AFTER CHANCES. The only A CLASS players at Arsenal today are no more than Gibbs, Varmalen, Arteta, Szczesny, Sagna, Podolski, Wilshere, Cazorla and Chamberlain. Tell me any other so called top club with such deficiency. Everyoone else has contributed largely on the clubs downfall and they all, including AW, should be replaced

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But aren't Arsenal supposed to be ruining English football by not playing/developing Englishmen and looking in the lower leagues? *cough* Gibbs, Walcott, Jenkinson, Wilshere, AOC *cough*

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More for the 'future', what was the saying about a bird in the hand. Arsenal time you paid back the highest paying fans in the land with some honesty and trophies in that order.

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