Arsenal have continued the process of clearing out their development squads by releasing Leander Siemann and Alfred Mugabo.
Siemann joined Arsenal from Hertha Berlin in 2011 and was a regular for the various youth teams last season, but was never particularly convincing. Having initially struggled with injury upon first joining the club, Siemann was afforded numerous opportunities at U21 level last season, although his regular selections were largely owing to a lack of alternatives in defence.
Mugabo’s departure has been likely for some time. A Hale End graduate and a full Rwanda international, he recently spent time on trial with Sheffield Wednesday. A versatile youngster capable of playing in most defensive and midfield positions, Mugabo struggled to break into the Arsenal U21 team on a regular basis and subsequently wasn’t offered a professional contract for next season.
Zach Fagan’s departure has already been confirmed, with the centre-back having agreed a deal with Conference Premier side Welling United for next season.
With three first-team players (Bacary Sagna, Lukasz Fabianski and Nicklas Bendtner) out of contract and Emiliano Viviano and Kim Kallstrom set to return to their parent clubs, there could again be a significant amount of departures from the club this Summer, particularly with the likes of Zak Ansah, Benik Afobe and Chuks Aneke’s futures yet to be resolved.
There have also been suggestions that Arsenal will release left-back Arinse Uade and winger Tarum Dawkins, although this has yet to be confirmed. Glen Kamara and Josh Vickers, the two remaining second-year scholars, are expected to be offered professional contracts shortly. Tafari Moore, who this week won the UEFA U17 European Championships with England, and midfielder Dan Crowley should also sign professional deals when they turn 17 this Summer.
Schoolboy midfielder James Blanchfield is set to leave, whilst Ovie Ejaria is poised to join Liverpool. As things stand, Arsenal will welcome 10 new scholars on a full-time basis in July, with Chris Willock, Kaylen Hinds, George Dobson, Aaron Eyoma, Chiori Johnson, Jonatas Centeno, Kristopher Da Graca, Marc Bola, Stephy Mavididi and Tyrell Robinson all set to be key members of the U18 squad next season.