Arsenal have reportedly offered 10 players first-year scholarships for next season, while releasing six other players.
Jeorge Bird reveals that Arsenal have given scholarships to 10 youngsters who will no longer be schoolboys next year. The list includes Bukayo Saka, who scored four goals and assisted two this season. The youngster even bagged a brace against North London rivals Tottenham from the wing.
Armstrong Okoflex, Stan Flaherty, Matthew Dennis and Joshua Martin, who have all played for the u18s this season, also got scholarships, as well as u18 goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo.
Meanwhile, the Gunners gave some scholarships to youngsters who haven’t played for the u18s yet. That list includes Ben Cottrell, Alfie Matthews, Ryan Alebiosu and goalkeeper Tom Smith – who has made the bench for the u18s in the past.
Unfortunately, Arsenal told some others they’re going to release them. Bird writes that the Gunners will let go of David Agbontohoma, James Matthews, Ismail Diallo, Samuel Okoye-Ahaneku, Bertie Valler and Sam Elwood.
Nothing is final just yet, as the players Arsenal offered scholarships might choose not to accept them. Plus, those released could still be given deals later. Hopefully the next generation can be as successful as the one coming through to the first-team at the moment.
A number of players have stepped up from the u23s to the first-team, or from the u18s to the u23s this season. There are even one or two, like Charlie Gilmour, who have gone all the way from their u23 debut to the first-team squad in under a week.
Good luck to the latest crop of youngsters, and to those released this week as well.