Arsenal schoolboy Jordan Brown poised to join West Ham

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Young Arsenal striker Jordan Brown is set to turn down Arsenal’s offer of a scholarship deal and instead continue his career at London rivals West Ham United.

Brown, who was one of several players to be offered a contract by Arsenal in December, was concerned about his potential lack of game time given that he is currently behind Chuba Akpom and Austin Lipman in the pecking order at the club, and is close to finalising his move having not featured as a mixed U16 and U15 side took on Everton in a friendly at Emirates Stadium this afternoon.

An England U17 international, Brown broke into the Arsenal U18 set-up this season having scored with regularity at schoolboy level, and made nine league appearances, scoring once, whilst also featuring as a substitute in the FA Youth Cup.

It is possible that Arsenal will now offer a scholarship to Danish trialist Mads Thychosen, having already secured deals with Ryan Huddart, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Elliot Wright, Gedion Zelalem, Renny Smith, Stefan O’Connor and Tafari Moore for next season.

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12 thoughts on “Arsenal schoolboy Jordan Brown poised to join West Ham

    Wayne Niles said:
    May 4, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    hey

    i am 14 years old i have good skill and i am fit.. i really want a scholarship..

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    A86 said:
    May 4, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Whoa that’s shocking. Seemed to score for fun at lower levels. Still getting back from injury but if he left due to better opperutnies I guess it’s understandable. His decision and career though before people come harping on about arsenal letting go of him. In fact most of such ppl have been clamouring for the likes of brown, Jeffrey and monakana to leave of their own accord so wish granted. Mads Døhr Thychosen assisted two goals in the first two matches of the ferroli cup and was taken off midway through the second. On another note the u18s beat newcastle 5-4 Dawkins, jebb, Jeffrey and Lipman the scores according to Dawkins (obviously one of them must have scored two)

      GoonerBoy said:
      May 4, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      Jeffrey scored 2

    G said:
    May 4, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    That’s disappointing news, I thought Jordan was given plenty of opportunities this year and he would of been the main man next year. Jordan should realise that he got many more game in the 18’s than Lipman did last year. Lippy only played once and it was as a winger, but he still stayed loyal. I guess this is good news for Stephy Mavididi(sp) and whoever we end up signing from god knows where.

    Jom said:
    May 5, 2013 at 3:53 am

    But if we was going to sign a striker that player would be favor to play ahead of our hale end boys. Thats only the truth. The policy needs to change. I feel bad for some of our very promising hale end kids.

      Wrenny said:
      May 6, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      The trolls have infected another one.

    Dench City said:
    May 5, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Foolish decision by the boy. I’m sure akpom and lipman will be in the u21s next season so he was very likely to get game time at u18s level unless he was referring at u21s. But he’s 16 years old so its no big loss if you think about it in long scheme of things who’s to say if he’s even gonna be that good

    jogadormesmo said:
    May 5, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    It’s all about minutes on the pitch and improvements. He made a wise decision. Hale end boys are distinctly ‘second-class citizens’ when they move to Shenley. Any acquired foreign talent will automatically be higher in the pecking order.

    i wish him the best.

      goonerguru said:
      May 6, 2013 at 5:09 am

      Got to agree with you jogadormesmo. If the club spend money, sometimes big money on talent from abroad, it’s obvious that they’ll play their ‘investments’ as much as possible, regardless of how much time and energy has been put into our home grown scholars from Hale End. Having seen Brown play a few times, he certainly is a promising talent that might come to haunt Arsenal in the years to come.

    makayah said:
    May 6, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Has anyone ever raised the question at those fan group/board meetings that gazidis holds. I know there is a lot of questions that will be mainly focused on the first team and general direction of the club. I was skeptical about the purported divisions in terms of scouting and the pressure to play high priced foreign recruits but I am beginning to think there is more than just smoke here. Wonder if we may come back to try to convince him to change his mind like we once did with ozzie before he eventually left.

      Jom said:
      May 6, 2013 at 11:12 am

      This is a perfect opportunity to bring in a good striker. Brown was probably promised to play U21s football at West Ham. Lipman and Akpom will be first choice there next year. Seeing so many of his friends being rejected must have done something.

      I think he did a wise decision. And we are paying the price for it. In the end being promising at Arsenal never guarantee you game time. As you can see Vickers being benched all the time while Ilev is being played all the time since he came. Same goes for almost every other position. I highly doubt they are actually a lot better than our Academy players.

      If the club wants to make youth progress this way then don’t be mad if the academy players leave for more minutes on the pitch.

    bravepete said:
    May 6, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    This Jordan Brown is a fan of Mancetser United and hislevel is poor so good bye and never back to Arsenal!

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