Levi Laing has joined the list of confirmed Arsenal first-year scholars for the upcoming season, so let’s take a look at that list so far.
Laing joined his academy teammates for pre-season training this week, essentially confirming his scholarship deal. ArsenalYouth have also posted an update for further confirmation that Laing has signed and taken the number 84.
Laing joins seven other youngsters agreeing scholarship terms with the club:
- Hubert Graczyk – Goalkeeper
- Ovie Ejeheri – Goalkeeper
- Mazeed Ogungbo – Centre-back/Left-back
- Alex Kirk – Centre-back
- Daniel Oyegoke – Right-back
- Levi Laing – Defender
- Miguel Azeez – Central midfielder
- Nathan Butler-Oyedeji – Left-winger
Kido Taylor-Hart (winger) and Catalin Cirjan (attacking midfielder) of Romanian side Viitorul Domnesti are also expected to sign, though we haven’t had any confirmation for either just yet.
Meanwhile, Yunus Musah’s future is still up in the air, as per our update on his situation earlier today.
Miguel Azeez is undoubtedly the star of the scholars confirmed so far. The 16-year-old midfielder has already featured in 14 games for the u18s, and I’ve been impressed with him every time I’ve seen him play.
Azeez is far from the only talented prospect to have signed though. Ogungbo has also featured regularly for the u18s despite his age, making 11 appearances so far.
With centre-backs Mark McGuinness and Harry Clarke stepping up to the u23s and Bayli Spencer-Adams leaving for Watford, there’ll certainly be opportunities for the young defender at u18 level this season.
Daniel Oyegoke was impressive for the England u16s at the recent Montaigu Tournament, whilst Nathan Butler-Oyedeji caught the eye with a goal for the Arsenal u19s at the Dallas Cup earlier this year.
We’ll see what they’re all made of this season as they all feature more heavily for the u18s. For now, congratulations to the eight of them on their new deals!