George Dobson set to leave Arsenal Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno
Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

Youngster George Dobson is set to leave Arsenal, despite signing professional terms with the club as recently as last November.

The 17-year-old, who progressed through the club’s Hale End system, broke into the Arsenal U18 team whilst he was still a schoolboy and this season made nine appearances for the U21s in the first year of his scholarship.

It was expected that Dobson, who can play at centre-back or as a defensive-midfielder, would go on to establish himself as an important player for the second-string next season.

However, his team-mate Tyrell Robinson has revealed on Instagram that Dobson, in a surprise move, will be leaving the club this summer. His destination is currently unknown, but it comes as a shock that the youngster, who also featured in the UEFA Youth League and the FA Youth Cup this season, will be moving on.

Thanks to Andy’s Arsenal U16s for spotting this.



  1. If true then it’s a sad indictment of the top academies success (sic) in the premiership has generally fewer opportunities for our academy players. I wish George all the best because he has worked hard and been an inspiration to a number of boys. So its a pity that he’s been told he won’t get past the players in front of him.

  2. I wonder Jeorge, if the signing of Bielik might have had an influence on George’s decision to leave, considering that they operate in the same position?

    1. Yeah it could have had an influence and also the fact that Pleguezuelo is now back from injury will mean Dobson would’ve got less chances in the U21s.

      On Fri, May 29, 2015 at 10:34 PM, Jeorge Bird's Arsenal Youth wrote:


      1. But is anyone really sure if his leaving because he just sign a professional contract, which doesn’t make sense why he would wanna leave the club 6 months later. I really hope this story isn’t true because to me he doesn’t just look like a good player but a very good young professional.

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