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.