Arsenal release Siemann and Mugabo

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.

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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.




  1. Not including schoolboys, i calculate that as 11 players gone or as good as already, I don’t think we will pass last seasons record of 24 departures, but the previous record of 17 will surely be passed. Such a high turnover of staff? The 11 so far
    with decisions to be made on all these players entering their last year or out of contract next month.
    Mikel Arteta (last year)
    Lukas Podolski (last year)
    Chu-Young Park (last year)
    Thomas Vermaelen (last year)
    Abou Diaby (last year)
    Francis Coquelin (last year)
    Joel Campbell (last year)
    Damian Martinez (last year)
    Ignasi Miquel (out of contract)
    Ryo Miyaichi (last year)
    Wellington Silva (last year)
    Thomas Eisfeld (last year)
    Benik Afobe (last year)
    Chukwuemeka Aneke (out of contract)
    Semi Ajayi (last year)
    Zak Ansah (out of contract)
    Matthew Macey (last year)
    Jon Toral Harper (last year)
    Dejan Iliev (last year)
    Kristoffer Olsson (last year)
    Jack Jebb (last year)
    Austin Lipman (last year)
    Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill (last year)
    Tarum Dawkins (out of contract)
    Glen Kamara (out of contract)
    Josh Vickers (out of contract)
    Arinse Uade (out of contract)

    wow that is a lot of work for someone!!!

    1. Might have to update your list, Announced Park, Ansah, Aneke joins Dawkins and Uade in players to be released.

  2. I think Podolski and Campbell have two seasons left, not one. Those two stand out not sure all the others are accurate either.

    1. Well I am sure podolski signed on a 3 year deal in 2012 same as cazorla, but cazorla has already signed a 2 year extension.

      Campbell joined in 2011 on a 4 year deal. Anyway I could be wrong they could have signed 4 and 5 year deals, but nevertheless decisions on whether they stay or not could well be made this summer, particularly if we sign a wide player or two and a couple of strikers.

    2. @Dan
      I was going by the dates given on transfermarkt, it’s not usually wrong, but what makes you think they are not accurate?

      1. After Campbell scored against Utd in CL he was quoted as saying that he had two years left at arsenal to try and make an impact, as regards to Poldi I haven’t heard him mentioned in the same breath as Verm in regards to last year and a search suggests he has another two. (guardian or independent was very specific)

        I’m not trying to knock your list, after years of Players like Bendtner/Park/Denilson taking a massive wage while being nowhere near the first eleven I’m always curious to see how wages can be freed up to maximize efficiency of squad, appreciate the effort.

      2. Well we will see, I want them both to stay, but I am not sure either are that happy to be bench warmers at best?

        See Dawkins and uade now confirmed so that’s 2 more to the outgoing list perhaps the 24 departures could be broken?

        Have to say even with 10 new 1st years coming in the u18s are looking.light and so are the u21s. Makes u wonder if jonker has something up his sleeve?

      3. I have a feeling that Poldi could go this season, with Vela or Griezmann offering more of an attacking threat on the left, Vela’s clause is to good not to try and take advantage of. As regards to Campbell, well he’s done well in the Greek league and may become a squad player or loaned out, he definitely has the quality to ask the question of Wenger.

        The academy following on from recent activity does seem to be concentrating more on quality then quantity, maybe a change in ethos. The one player I hope leaves is Park, I often see comments stating AFC has ruined his career, the guy is on about 50k a week, if he wanted to leave I don’t think a single person would stand in is way, maybe the Marketing and exposure into the Asian market negates his costs.

      4. Agree about vela, we would be crazy not to take the option, even if it is just to keep him until August 31st to cover injuries and tired players returning late from brazil.

        Podolski is a strange one, i hear what u are saying about attacking threat, but 12 goals in 20 starts is a good return from the wing, although vela and griezmann both scored more it took them 3x plus in terms of minutes to get those goals.

      5. Yeah Poldi is a conundrum, he’s scored important goals and his stats are impressive and I would be sorry to see him go. But we desperately need players who want to run in behind and stretch a game, he just doesn’t do that and can be anonymous, hence so many substitutions. I would guess his most common pass is a short lay off to Gibbs or Monreal about 10 yards from the halfway line, we need at least 2 of the front three, minimum 1 who want to look forward rather then back, only Theo truly fits that bill, the Ox can and should and Gnabry will but that’s not enough.

  3. Since all these players are at their last year and out of will be much better if the club launch-out and bring in more talented youngsters.

  4. Arsenal offered siemann a new contract… But he did Not accepted !! Prefers to go back to Germany…

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