Striker Zak Ansah has been offered a professional contract by Arsenal, but, according to information provided by the Premier League today, has yet to put pen to paper on a new deal at the club.
The striker, who recently committed his future at international level to Ghana having trained with their U20 World Cup squad last week, missed much of last season through injury, although he did return to feature in the latter stages of the club’s run in the NextGen Series.
He is yet to establish himself as a regular in the Arsenal U21 set-up, with the younger Chuba Akpom often being preferred for the central striker role. If Ansah departs, it would leave just Akpom and Austin Lipman as the club’s only real options up front in the U21s next season.
Meanwhile, right-back Hector Bellerin is poised to miss much of the club’s pre-season, with Spain virtually secure of a place at this summer’s U19 European Championships in Lithuania, which run from July 20th until August 1st, meaning that Bellerin could be absent for Arsenal’s pre-season tour of Asia. Bellerin played the whole game today as Spain beat Greece 2-0. Kristoffer Olsson could also participate in the tournament for Sweden, but Serge Gnabry didn’t make Germany’s final squad for the qualifiers.
Two of the club’s new first-year scholars for the forthcoming campaign have been named in Kenny Swain’s England U17 side for this summer’s Nordic Tournament, which will take place in August. Goalkeeper Ryan Huddart and winger Ainsley Maitland-Niles are included for the matches against Norway, Faroe Islands and Finland.