Young Arsenal defender Stefan O’Connor has joined League Two side York City on loan, with the deal set to run until January 6th, 2016.
The commanding centre-back made his first-team debut for Arsenal against Galatasaray in the Champions League last season but has been deprived of game time even at youth level this campaign, largely as a consequence of the club’s decision to move Krystian Bielik to centre-back.
O’Connor, who is confident on the ball, broke into the Arsenal U21 side as a first-year scholar and struck up an impressive partnership with Julio Pleguezuelo, with the youngster having now made over 30 appearances for the second-string.
York have the worst defensive record in League Two this season- they have conceded 37 goals- so there could be much work for O’Connor to attend to with his temporary side.
The decision to loan out the 18-year-old makes sense given that he is no longer eligible for the FA Youth Cup and he wouldn’t have received much playing time for the older age groups.