Arsenal have released Chuks Aneke, Zak Ansah and Daniel Boateng, according to the Premier League.
Aneke’s future had been the subject of considerable debate following his hugely impressive season on loan at Crewe Alexandra, but it now appears that the midfielder has left the club, along with fellow Hale End graduates Ansah and Boateng.
First-team strikers Nicklas Bendtner and Ju-Young Park have also been released from their contracts. The club have offered new deals to right-back Bacary Sagna and goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, but both players seem set to leave.
Second-year scholars Glen Kamara and Josh Vickers, meanwhile, have been offered new deals at the club, whilst youngsters Zach Fagan, Leander Siemann, Alfred Mugabo, Arinse Uade and Tarum Dawkins have all been let go.
After struggling to impose himself during loan stints with Stevenage and Preston North End, Aneke has flourished on loan at Crewe, with the former England U19 international scoring 14 league goals in 36 appearances last season. However, his progress at Emirates Stadium was blocked by the presence of several high-quality midfielders such as Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey. Aneke leaves with just one Arsenal first-team appearance to his name, and appears to possess all the capabilities for a successful career in the game, although he may well have to start in the Championship next season.
Ansah, who was highly regarded as a schoolboy, has struggled with injuries in recent years and failed to deliver a consistent set of performances for the U21 side, whilst Boateng was limited to a solitary first-team appearance against Bolton Wanderers in the Carling Cup in 2011. Boateng endured difficult loan spells with Swindon Town, Oxford United and Hibernian, but never seemed capable of making the grade at the club.
Bendtner also came through the Arsenal Academy after joining from Copenhagen in 2004 and made 171 senior appearances for the club, scoring 47 goals.
Benik Afobe and Ignasi Miquel, meanwhile, have been retained and still have a year left to run on their current deals, but there remains the possibility that both players could depart permanently this Summer. Johan Djourou is still under contract, but is poised to make a permanent switch to Hamburg on July 1st.