Ebecilio set to decide on Arsenal future as several youngsters near the end of their deals

Arsenal will face difficult decisions over the immediate futures of several youngsters in the coming weeks, with many members of Steve Gatting’s U21 squad into the final three months of their contracts at the club.

In some cases, they may have to act rather quickly, with midfielder Kyle Ebecilio, who sees his current deal expire at the end of June, reportedly being chased by both PSV and FC Twente in his homeland. The Holland U19 international has impressed in patches since joining from Feyenoord in 2010, but has struggled with injuries during his time in North London and, other than a brief appearance in a pre-season tournament at Southampton, has not yet come close to representing the first-team. He will make a decision on his future this month, with Arsenal keen to grant the youngster an extended stay.

Fellow midfielder Conor Henderson has already revealed that he will not be granted an extended stay at the club, with the Irish midfielder likely to be joined by Craig Eastmond, Sanchez Watt and James Shea in being let go at the end of the season. The latter recently spent time training with Colorado Rapids in America, whilst the club also face difficult decisions on defensive trio Daniel Boateng, Sead Hajrovic and Elton Monteiro.

Martin Angha and Jernade Meade, who both featured for the first-team in the Champions League and Capital One Cup this season, should be granted extended stays having impressed throughout the course of the campaign. As far as the two remaining second-year scholars are concerned, Anthony Jeffrey’s future remains unclear with the sprightly winger having featured just once for Stevenage since joining the League One club on loan, whilst, at present, the signs are pointing towards an exit for Zach Fagan, with the club having already secured the services of two young centre-backs, Elliot Wright and Stefan O’Connor, on scholarship deals for next campaign.




  1. Samir Bihmoutine, Jordan Wynter, Nigel Neita, Zak Ansah, Reice Charles-Cook, Josh Rees and Phillip Roberts maybe as well.

  2. I heard we have bid for Real Madrid midfielder Jose Rodriguez. Which may explain why we are willing to sell Ebicillio.

    JB what kind of player is Jose Rodriguez?

    1. We’re linked with him couple of years ago too. Form what I’ve seen on YouTube seems to be a very xabi alonso type player with great passing range.

  3. Jeorge, do you think a few of the players in u21’s will get loans at some point next season; the likes of Yennaris, Miquel, Angha, Eisfeld? Also the futures of Chuks Aneke, Ryo and even Afobe to sort out.
    In the case of Jeffrey, didn’t they do something similar with Monakana where they sent him on loan before letting him go? Would be a shame to see Jeffrey leave and he wasn’t even given the oppourtunity to start an u21 game.

    1. I think all those players you mentioned will go out on loan at some stage next season, but I’m surprised the likes of Yennaris and Miquel haven’t gone out this season.

      1. I think Yennaris should hang on until Coquelin position is clear? He may want to find more playing time elsewhere?
        With Miquel it might be dependent on any incoming players, but both have done okay when they have made first team appearances.
        The rest mentioned may well suffer if it is to be a hard pruning time? It could be better to try and get decent loans for a few of them and let some of the current loanees go?
        Ryo switch with Eisfeld to Wigan would be good. Then assess Ryo at the end of next season if he gets games in the Cups, etc..

  4. Hopefully they can all find the right clubs for them. Think Ebecilio should go back to the Netherlands, he hasn’t developed in the way we must have hoped (for various reasons). Angha and Meade deserve another year, although I cannot see Meade making it. Losing too many defenders at once would be a mistake though, so one of Hajrovic, Monteiro and Boateng have to be kept on just for their experience. Miquel needs a loan to allow him to toughen up (mentally as well as physically) and get consistency into his game. Eisfeld definitely needs to go on loan, his development is not going great. Ryo should go back to Holland to get back on track after his injury hit season. A half season loan, with the option to extend it to a year would be right. I don’t see long term futures for Aneke, or Afobe, Benik may get another season due to his injury, but Chuks should leave in the summer. Jeffrey will probably be let go.

    Massive changes, but I don’t think it is a bad thing.

  5. Shea – Released, looks to the MLS
    Martinez – A loan next season or third choice in the first-team
    Charles-Cook – More games for the U21s next year
    Iliev – Will be here
    Vickers – U18s keeper

    Angha – A new deal, loan hopefully
    Meade – A new deal, loan hopefully
    Hayden – U21 captain next year
    Miquel – loan move
    Hajrovic – Released
    Boateng – Released
    Uade – U18
    Siemann – 18
    Ormonde-Ottewill – More U21s games
    Bihmoutine – Released
    Dallison – U18
    Fagan – Released
    Monteiro – One year deal
    Bellerin – U21

    Eisfeld – Loan
    Jebb- U18/U21/Youth Cup
    Gnabry – U21/First-team
    Toral – U21
    Olsson – U21
    Wytner – Released
    Mugabo – U18
    Henderson – Released
    Ebecillio – Sold
    Eastmond – Released
    Kamara – U18
    Yennaris – Loan
    Rees – Sold
    AJ – One year deal

    Ansah – One year deal
    Neita – Released
    Akpom – U21
    Watt – Released
    Dawkins – U18
    Iwobi – U18
    Lipman – U18/U21
    Roberts – Released

    Aneke – Loan
    Afobe – Loan

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