Siemann could be next youngster to depart after Bochum trial

Following the departure of Anthony Jeffrey yesterday it appears that another Arsenal youngster is close to leaving the club, with German defender Leander Siemann currently on trial at VfL Bochum.

If truth be told, it would not be too much of a surprise if Siemann were to depart the club, with the 18 year old having struggled to impress since joining Arsenal from Hertha Berlin in 2011.

Having featured regularly for the U18s during the first year of his scholarship, Siemann has also been called upon in other competitions this season, with the youngster featuring in the U21 Premier League as well as in the UEFA Youth League and the FA Youth Cup.

However, despite being afforded numerous opportunities to prove his worth, Siemann has struggled to convince in terms of his reading of the game and has already been usurped by two first-year scholars in Julio Pleguezuelo and Stefan O’Connor.

Siemann performed well for the Bochum’s U23 side against Oberliga FC yesterday and could be offered a permanent deal in the near future.

Arsenal certainly seem to have adopted a new policy of allowing youngsters to depart much earlier than they did previously, with their stance being that if there are younger players in the system with more potential, they are the ones that should be provided with opportunities in the U21 side.




  1. I like this new ruthless approach it will keep youngsters feet on the ground. Let’s hope it filters into the first team squad (which it looks like it has) as too many players sit back once they have hit the big time and lack the passion as well as let their ability stagnate.

    42 players have left the club in less than 20 months and to be honest rvp aside I don’t think one of them has impressed significantly elsewhere.

  2. JB – With only 4 and a half years between the eldest (Martinez) and the youngest (Huddart) who of our 5 young keepers (the others being Macey, Iliev and Vickers) do you think has the best chance of succeeding Fabianski and Viviano assuming they both depart in the summer? I expect that 1 keeper will be signed for the first team squad and may be we will probably sign another young keeper for the under u18s. But I have yet to see anything from the 5 to suggest that they could become our no.1’s anytime soon.

  3. I’m glad to see some change. The best players should play and not those who are older, got a pro contract and so on. Thats just ridiculous. Need more competition for the spot than ONLY development.

  4. No surprise, The first of many. Expect some of these guys to join Chucks out on loan –
    Daniel Boateng
    Nico Yennaris
    Thomas Eisfield
    Benik Afobe
    Manny Fringpong

    If they are not gonna be involved with the first team then get them out elsewhere to develop rather than holding them back for U21’s which is a waste of time.

    1. You wouldn’t want all the older players gone (permananetly or on loan), surely.

      I want the most promising 16,17 year olds, especially the slighter ones, to have some older players in there with them for a bit of protection when playing for u21’s. Mitigates the chances of injury a tiny bit I’d think.

      Also, no matter how good they are, chances are they’ll come unstuck when playing against a team packed with older players.

      Balanced teams are surely key and finally, atypical as his story is, I don’t think Mueller made his Bayern first team debut till he was a day short of twenty (!). None of the older guys are near his level, but it is good to know that not breaking through at 17/18 doesn’t necessarily mean you’re not destined for a good or even a top career.

  5. Looks the academy has been a success.
    However I think that most of those top 5 championship (England, Spain, Germany, Italy, France) former Arsenal academy players were trained between 5~10 years ago: Djourou, Senderos, Sidwell, Pennant, Jerome, Aliadière, Bentdner, Larsson, Clichy. As far as I remember no Arsenal academy from the last 5 years has joined a Top 5 championship club.
    Hopefully the new organigram will shape things.

    1. Well you’ve obviously got the ones who are still at Arsenal: Szczesny, Wilshere, Gibbs, etc. Coquelin is on loan in Germany. You also have Nordtveit at Gladbach, Angha at Nurnberg, Barazite at Monaco, Bartley at Swansea (on loan to Birmingham), Sunu at Lorient, and we have a few players who are not quite at top 5 championships but very successful (such as Ebecilio who is a regular starter at Twente, and Ozyakup who plays for Besiktas and the Turkish national team).

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