West Ham complete deal for Arsenal youngster Dobson


West Ham United have today completed the signing of Arsenal youngster George Dobson on a permanent deal.

The 17-year-old, who progressed through the Gunners’ Hale End system, informed the Arsenal coaching staff at the end of last season that he was intent on leaving the club. He spent time training with the West Ham first-team earlier this summer and, following some protracted negotiations, the deal has now been concluded, much to the delight of Dobson, who is a lifelong West Ham supporter.

Capable of playing at centre-back or as a defensive-midfielder and possessing good leadership qualities, Dobson broke into Arsenal’s U18 team as a schoolboy and went on to make 45 appearances in total at that level. He also featured in the UEFA Youth League and last season made inroads into Arsenal’s U21 side, featuring on nine occasions for the second-string.

Dobson is the second Arsenal youngster to defect to West Ham in recent years, with striker Jordan Brown having done likewise in 2013. The Gunners did, however, sign midfielder Ben Sheaf from the East London club last year.

Dobson is a player with considerable potential, but his decision to leave appears to have centred on his future first-team prospects. With players such as Isaac Hayden and Krystian Bielik blocking his path at Arsenal, he has decided to move on to pastures new.

7 comments

    1. Nothing confirmed on the South Africa squad yet- only that Hugo Keto has tweeted that he’s travelling. I think some players like Reine-Adelaide will stay with the first-team, but other than that it should be quite a strong squad.

      On Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 10:42 PM, Jeorge Bird's Arsenal Youth wrote:

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      1. I would rather see adelaide go to durban and any other player that qualifies under the rules.

        We have plenty of options over the age of 19 to support the first team until the likes of ospina, alexis, campbell, Welbeck and rosicky return from injury or holiday.

        These tournaments are massive in terms of development and experience and winning one is even better when you are that age. OK a 10 minute run out in the community shield might feel better at the time, but believe me going on the tournament will be better for all the players that qualifier.

        Does it clash with any u21 fixtures? Even if it does, we still have plenty of players eligible for an u21 fixture.

  1. JB – has there been a rule change in the YCL this season? I thought Alex iwobi had played his last season, but on the uefa website it states for the 2015/16 season a team can have up to 3 players born 01/01/96 or later, providing they have played for the club 2 years prior to 14 Sept 2015. Iwobi fits that criteria, obviously all the players younger than him are eligible anyway.

    I really hope wenger makes use of the rule, especially next season when the likes of zelalem, crowley and Huddart will still be eligible.

    We could really do with our academies getting a boost and having seen Chelsea lift the trophy using their most experienced youth players we should try to do the same. Likewise, the qresults in the youth tournaments should also be looked to be improved upon. Winning is a lovely habit, to have at any level. But obviously development is the no.1.

  2. Good luck to young Dobson. It seems that West Ham and Arsenal have a friendly relationship regarding players. I remember some Gunners went there in their twilight playing years. With Jenkinson, looks like Upton Park is now also a development centre for our young First Team players to gain experience.

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