Finding the subtle blend of attracting top talent to the club and simultaneously allowing academy graduates to shine is perhaps one of the biggest conundrums in modern football.
Patience is a rarity in today's game, with new signings given precious little time to acclimatise and make an impact. Everything must happen instantly, and this goes the same with youngsters.
We have plenty of shining prodigies that look to have what it takes, but among the brightest is Reiss Nelson, who has shoved himself into the first team reckoning.
The latest rumours however, look like the pacy winger has eyed greener pastures elsewhere - with far more opportunity to play.
Reiss Nelson at this moment is heavily linked with a season-long loan move to Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga. The report differs from media source to media source, but some state that this move will be complete once Nelson signs a new and improved deal in line with his rise to the first team plans.
Other sources state that Nelson has looked at the likes of Marcus McGuane and Chris Willock, recent Academy graduates who moved to Barcelona and Benfica respectively and ply their trade for their B teams, but with plenty of minutes on the pitch and a possibility of ascending the ranks.
Nelson has been deliberating over a new contract all summer, and the kid is in a precarious position.
He knows that he is on the precipice at Arsenal. If he continues where he is, then he will be a regular soon enough. Unfortunately though, he may also be aware that at a lesser club in Europe, he could be in the first eleven every week right now.
It must be a salivating opportunity, but Nelson could really prosper should he stay. However, he is at an age where minutes on the pitch are the most valuable currency to their development.
The European transfer window ends at the end of August, so expect this story to be wrapped up quickly - truth or not.