Arsenal have added to their scholarship intake for next season by recruiting Greek left-back Elias Hatzitheodoridis.
The 17 year old, who came through Arsenal’s Elite Academy in Greece, joins his compatriot Mourgos Savvas in signing a two-year contract with the club.
Considered one of his country’s best full-backs for his age group, Hatzitheodoridis has developed well in recent years and will provide some much-needed competition for Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill, who is expected to be promoted to the U21 team on a permanent basis this Summer.
Arsenal, meanwhile, have delayed Deyan Iliev’s move to Belgian club Mechelen whilst they search for a possible replacement. They still require a new goalkeeper at U18 level, too, although Kelland Abasalom, who featured at the Ferroli Cup, has signed for Wigan Athletic instead. Marcus Beauchamp, who featured for the U18s against Fulham towards the end of last season, has stated that he will join a new club at the end of this month but didn’t specify which team he is signing for.