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.