Ansah yet to accept Arsenal’s contract offer whilst Maitland-Niles earns England U17 call-up

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.


  1. I hope he accepts. He’s a player i really like because he has something about him thats really impressive

    1. But its difficult because it is going to be harder than ever to break into the first team set up which is why so many of peers have departed.

  2. Jeorge The PL retained list does not tell you whether the offer has been accepted, or not, so you do not know whether he has accepted or not (you will see that AJ also has “offer contract” although he has accepted as he confirmed on twitter) all we do know from this is that Kyle Ebilcillo, Martin Angha, Jordan Wynter & Elton Monteiro all refused contracts as they have found new clubs. I believe Jordan Brown also refused so a lot of boys have decided Arsenal isn’t the place for them.

    1. Its not the right place for them because unlike other clubs they do not get the opportunities. Unless the club buys you, coming through the academy is a major disadvantage not only do you compete with players bought in from overseas but also the club buying talent from other clubs.

  3. Akpom & Lipman are good enough to hold their own for the U21s and it seems we have a good young crop coming through the 96′s. Do we really need Ansah when we can take the opportunity to develop the younger, better lot by testing them at a higher level?

    1. Ansah is good but I think we can afford to release him. He is very injury prone and hasn’t shown anything out on loan. I predict another long term injury. Lets see what Akpom and Lipman kan do.

      1. I don’t recall ansah going on loan did I miss that? Or are u saying he just hasn’t been on loan?
        I agree though since his injury he has become yet another player who has failed to recover and get back to the level he once was let alone progress. I think it is becoming a worrying trend for the club. Let’s hope its a coincidence but with all the rumours about fitness levels by ex players there appears to be some sort of malpractice.

      2. @atid
        He has not been out on loan. And I can’t see him stay fit to make us a top team in the premier league. We will need to buy a striker no matter what. I think he can play in league 1 at best. Sonogo is more promising. And Lipman is not far behind, Akpom is already better.

        I also agree that we need to make our players stronger. Take the gym session serious for building muscles. That’s not gonna work if you are not committed to the food too. Too much party life like they are already superstars.

  4. Our trialist faiq bolikah is apparently the nephew of the sultan of Brunei. Scored yesterday in Singapore for the u15s 2-1 win over Singapore u15s. Donovan with the other goal. Willock impressive again apparently but Defense was set piece sucseptible…as usual but girling (gk) bailed them out on several occasions.

  5. JB – off topic but seeing as arsenal plan to enter the inaugural uefa youth champions league (assuming we win the qualifier) do u know if that will be at the expense of the next gen series or will that become an uefa cup equivalent?

    1. It’s up to the Champions League clubs which competition they want to play in- but we’re leaning towards the UEFA one at present. The NextGen Series will still exist, but it wouldn’t be feasible to participate in both.

      1. I saw the game and c. willock was our best player. I can tell you guys a lot more but I wont. They are young are they read this stuff.

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