Exclusive: Arsenal set to release Nathan Tella at end of season

Arsenal have informed winger Nathan Tella that he won’t be offered a professional contract when his scholarship deal expires at the end of June. 

The 17-year-old has made nine appearances for the U18s this season and scored against Tottenham Hotspur on his return from injury but won’t be offered fresh terms. 

Tella, who joined Arsenal as an under-nine player, fended off competition  from Brooklyn Beckham to earn a scholarship deal at Arsenal. 

The youngster possesses pace and power in abundance but the club are eager to avoid a repeat of the situation that saw Savvas Mourgos and Aaron Eyoma turn professional only for them to barely feature for the older age groups so far this season. 

Tella can now look for a new club but he is still permitted to train with Arsenal and play for the U18s, with there being a possibility that the Gunners could reverse their decision on him before the conclusion of the campaign. 

Defender Kostas Pileas will discover soon whether he will be awarded a professional deal. 

Meanwhile the other remaining second year scholar, Joe Willock, has been offered a professional deal but has yet to sign it. 


  1. Jeorge, regarding Joe Willock, what is the current contract situation with his brother Chris?
    Has he been offered a new contract and if so, has Willock the elder, signed it?

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