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 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.