Arsenal set to offer English trio professional contracts

The Arsenal Academy are continuing to prepare for next season by making plans to award professional contracts to three of the club’s promising English youngsters when they turn 17 later this Summer.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Dan Crowley and Tafari Moore all signed scholarship deals last year, but are set to be rewarded for their development, with Moore turning 17 in July and Maitland-Niles and Crowley doing so in August.

Maitland-Niles has been capped by England at U17 level. Picture: Getty Images.

Maitland-Niles has been capped by England at U17 level. Picture: Getty Images.

Maitland-Niles was arguably the most impressive Arsenal youth player across all age groups last season, with the winger delivering several noteworthy performances in the FA Youth Cup and also breaking into the U21 team as the campaign progressed.

Highly-rated midfielder Crowley endured several injury setbacks following his move from Aston Villa, but still caught the eye in the Youth Cup and will be hopeful of establishing himself as a regular for the U21 team next season.

Moore, meanwhile, made eight appearances for the U21 team, with the right-back subsequently helping England U17s to secure the European Championships at that age group.

With Maitland-Niles, Crowley and Moore all set to turn professional, Stefan O’Connor, Elliot Wright and Renny Smith will be the remaining second-year scholars next season.




  1. JB – Do u think the club will wait and announce all 3 deals along with vickers and kamara and the 12 new scholars, around the same time they announce the 16 departures?

    I keep reading people already getting impatient about a lack of signings, they just don’t realise, that very few announcements are made until players contracts finish at midnight on June 30 and the transfer window opens a second later.

    1. I think the Kamara and Vickers contracts will be announced earlier than these three. I think the list of released players would usually have been officially announced by now, but maybe they’re waiting for Sagna to confirm his departure first.

      On Tue, Jun 3, 2014 at 3:33 PM, Jeorge Bird's Arsenal Youth wrote:


  2. I’m still shocked that we haven’t offered Chuks Aneke a new contract. He’s been phenomenal for Crewe and we’re just letting him go. Real shame, I’d have love to have seen him in a few cup games next season

  3. Aneke’s situation is bizarre. It obviously has nothing to do with football. The guy is a player..
    He must be a serious drunkard or druggie… A la certain Mr Vela.

    1. That’s an awful accusation to make on zero basis. You should retract that.

      The guy has never been in trouble, he isnt in the back pages with baby mamas and kids, he isnt crashing cars, isnt smoking, insnt drunk in the newspapers – and he does the business on the field. So why would he deserve for you to just randomly say nonsense like that simply because he didnt make the team? That’s crazy.

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