Ben Sheaf has joined Coventry on a season long loan.
After spending last season on loan with Doncaster Rovers, it had been expected that Sheaf would leave on a permanent deal this summer.
Arsenal and Coventry have, however, agreed a year’s loan with an option to buy said to be in the region of £750k. Sheaf will have one year left on his Arsenal deal with his loan finishes.
Sheaf has two first-team appearances for Arsenal after signing for the club as a teenager from West Ham. He spent last season on loan with Doncaster Rovers where he was somewhat of a divisive figure amongst fans.
That being said, he seemed to do enough to impress the management, playing 38 times and now Arsenal have confirmed he will spend the season on loan with Coventry.
Coventry boss, the former Manchester United player Mark Robbins, is apparently a big fan of Sheaf’s, who can also play as a centreback.
“We’re very pleased to announce Ben’s arrival at the club,” Robins said, speaking to the club’s official website.
“He’s a player with great pedigree and ability, who will really add to our squad for the Championship season ahead. He’s got a good physical presence and a footballing brain as well, and will be a real asset for us during the campaign.
“We thank Arsenal for agreeing to loan Ben to us, and look forward to working with him.”
Sheaf will wear squad number 14.
If you’d like to know more, we have this handy Guide to Ben Sheaf for Coventry City fans from Arsenal and Doncaster, written by both Arsenal and Doncaster fans.