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Signed scholarship: Summer 2008. First-team appearances 0. Subsequent career: Oldham Athletic, Charlton Athletic.
An attack-minded left-back who was a fringe member of the FA Youth Cup-winning squad of 2008/09, Evina captained Arsenal in that competition the following season but, despite training with the first-team on a couple of occasions, never came close to breaking into Arsene Wenger’s plans. After a successful loan spell with Oldham Athletic, he signed a permanent deal with Paul Dickov’s side, but moved back to London with Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2011 and is nearing 50 senior appearances.
Signed scholarship: Summer 2005. First-team appearances 0. Subsequent career: Rangers, Dundee (loan), AC Omonia. Cyprus caps: 7.
An exquisite passer of the ball who joined Arsenal from his homeland as a schoolboy in 2004, Efrem demonstrated flashes of brilliance during his short time in North London, but moved to Rangers in 2007 in a quest for first-team action. He finally made his senior debut whilst on loan at Dundee from Rangers in 2009, scoring twice in eight appearances for his temporary club, but he moved back to his homeland that summer, joining AC Omonia, where he has become a regular, winning the Cypriot League and Cup in the process. He has also gained senior international recognition, winning seven caps for Cyprus.
Signed scholarship: Summer 1998. First-team appearances 228 (9 goals). Subsequent career: Chelsea. England caps: 99.
Despite his acrimonious departure away from the club in 2006, Cole remains the club’s most successful youth product since the Academy’s reformation in 1998. Having broken into the first-team as an 18-year-old in late 1999, he eventually established himself as first-choice left-back following an injury to Sylvinho, and went on to play a key part in the double-winning success of 2002, as well as excelling in the Invincibles campaign two years later, whilst also scoring a decisive late goal against Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League at Highbury. Cole remains reviled by Arsenal supporters, and has now made more appearances for Chelsea than he did for the Gunners, finally tasting Champions League success last season. His next appearance for England will see him bring up a century of caps.
Signed scholarship: Summer 2006. First-team appearances 3. Subsequent career: Austria Vienna, Monaco.
Skilful Dutch attacker Barazite looked set for a bright future after arriving at Arsenal from Holland in 2006, and he caught the eye during his first season at the club, most notably scoring an extra-time winner in the FA Youth Cup against Wycombe Wanderers. First-team recognition followed during the next campaign, as he featured twice in the Carling Cup, but unfortunately dislocated his shoulder away to Blackburn Rovers, before spending the following campaign on loan at Derby County. He briefly flirted with a place in the first-team squad as he maintained his record of scoring against Barnet in pre-season, but sought a move elsewhere following an indifferent loan spell with Vitesse. He left permanently in January 2011 for Austria Vienna, for whom he was prolific in the Europa League, and is now with Monaco in France. The versatile youngster has featured for Holland up to U21 level, for which he is still eligible.
Signed scholarship: Summer 2001. First-team appearances 0. Subsequent career: Wimbledon, Swindon Town, Havant & Waterlooville, Aldershot Town, Crawley Town, Sutton United, AFC Wimbledon, Harrow Borough, Hemel Hempstead, Northwood, Croydon Athletic, Mertsham, Lincoln City, Kingstonian.
A central-midfielder possessing a blend of silk and skill, Gordon failed to make the grade at Arsenal and has since spent his career traipsing around the lower regions of the English footballing pyramid. After leaving Highbury, he initially spent time with Wimbledon, featuring on 19 occasions in what is now the Championship, but then swiftly dropped down the leagues and has since failed to settle at any club for a prolonged period of time. Now 28, he has played for 14 different clubs in under 10 years, and is currently with Kingstonian in the Isthmian League Premier Division.