Mazeed Ogungbo is set to sign professional terms with Arsenal after his existing deal expired last month, according to a report.
Jeorge Bird reports that he understands a deal has been agreed for Mazeed Ogungbo to sign a professional contract with Arsenal. Ogungbo was one of five youth players whose contract situations remained uncertain at the end of last month.
Arsenal made offers to Kido Taylor-Hart, Arthur Okonkwo, Nathan Butler-Oyedeji, Ovie Ejeheri, and Ogungbo, but none of them had been formally accepted by the end of June – meaning they’re all temporarily free agents.
With Arsenal returning to pre-season this week, it’s really crunch time for the five of them, and it seems Ogungbo is the first to reach an agreement to stay. Okonkwo is also expected to sign a new long-term contract, though he hasn’t yet.
Ejeheri’s case is an interesting one, as the Premier League website list him as having a scholarship deal with Arsenal. But it’s likely this is just a mistake.
As for Taylor-Hart and Butler-Oyedeji, we hope that no news is good news. At least neither of them have announced their departures yet.
Back on Ogungbo, the defender made 20 appearances for Arsenal this season, scoring three goals. He primarily featured for the u18s in 2020/21, but given his age (18), he will now be stepping up to the Arsenal u23s should he sign.