Arsenal’s Mugabo joins Sheffield Wednesday on trial

Arsenal youngster Alfred Mugabo is on trial with Championship side Sheffield Wednesday and featured in a game against Leeds United’s U21 side yesterday.

The 18 year old, who has been capped by Rwanda at senior level, has struggled for form and fitness at Arsenal this season, making just 11 appearances in the U18 side, whilst also featuring twice as a substitute in the FA Youth Cup.

An extremely versatile player who is capable of playing as a right-back, centre-back, defensive-midfielder or a winger, Mugabo featured for Arsenal’s U21 team during the first year of his scholarship but is now a prime candidate to be released when his contract expires at the end of June.

The club are yet to formally announce their decisions with regards to the remaining second-year scholars, but Glen Kamara, Alex Iwobi and Josh Vickers seem likely to be offered extended stays, whilst the respective futures of Tarum Dawkins and Arinse Uade are less clear.

As things stand, Arsenal will be taking on 14 new scholars for next season, including the recently recruited Jonatas Centeno.










  1. 14 seems astonishingly high. Am I right in thinking it’s normally about 6?

    Intriguing. Potentially a big positive in that it suggests they like that group a lot, and there should also be advantages in having a lot of players who know each other well. I’m hoping for more depth at cb and centre forward next year. Left back and dm would also be handy.

    Negatives are that they may be on the harsh side with letting others leave. And, of course, nothing is signed yet and I’d expect at least one to think ‘big group, plenty of talent above that, I’ll get more chances elsewhere’

    Seems weird to take it to the wire with likes of Jebb and Iwobi (and I don’t even know if Akpom’s signed up yet). The clips and the odd full match seem to clearly show they deserve a contract and more time.

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