Arsenal held a celebratory evening for next season’s scholarship intake at London Colney on Thursday, and, amongst the numerous Hale End graduates, there was a less familiar face, with Greek midfielder Mourgos Savvas in attendance.
Savvas, who impressed whilst on trial during the Ferroli Cup, will add depth to Arsenal’s U18 squad next season following the impending departures of James Blanchfield and Ovie Ejaria. The majority of the remainder of the intake is locally produced, with the likes of Kaylen Hinds and George Dobson having received call-ups in the UEFA Youth League last season.
Chris Willock, who had been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United, also attended and seems set to continue his development at Arsenal, whilst Swedish centre-back Kristopher Da Graca will complete his move to the club in the Summer.
There may yet be further players added to the group, with the club still actively pursuing a goalkeeper to provide cover for Ryan Huddart.
Viktoria Plzen striker Martin Graiciar also seems to set to move to Arsenal, although the transfer will not be formally completed until he turns 16 next April.
Arsenal’s scholarship intake 2014 (subject to change)
Marc Bola- U18 apps: 12
Physically imposing defender who plays at centre-back or left-back.
Jonatas Centeno- U18 apps: 2
Portuguese youngster signed from Fulham who can play as a right-back or a right-winger.
George Dobson- U18 apps: 28 (3 goals)
Youngster with good leadership qualities who can play at centre-back or as a defensive-midfielder.
Kristopher Da Graca
Swedish centre-back who will join from Hisingsbacka in July.
Harry Donovan- U18 apps: 4
Central-midfielder with a good passing range.
Aaron Jordan- U18 apps: 8
Usually deployed as a right-back or right-winger.
Kaylen Hinds – U19 apps: 1- U18 apps: 21 (4 goals)
England U16 striker acquired from Leyton Orient who has impressed for Arsenal U18s.
Chiori Johnson- U18 apps: 8
Athletic right-back who will be looking to improve his consistency next season.
Stephy Mavididi- U18 apps: 20 (5 goals)
Attacker who was one of the U18s’ most impressive players last season.
Tyrell Robinson- U18 apps: 16 (1 goal)
Fleet-footed winger who also caught the eye during 2013/14.
Greek midfielder who is composed in possession.
Chris Willock- U18 apps: 13
Skilful attack-minded player who has already trained with the first-team.