Arsenal have offered scholarship deals to several players ahead of next season, with striker Tyreece John-Jules amongst those to make the cut.
With there being a lack of attacking options amongst the current first-years it was something of an inevitability that John-Jules, who has been capped by England at U15 level and has already represented Arsenal’s U18 side, would be retained.
In addition, midfielder Trae Coyle, who is training full time at London Colney this season, has been offered a scholarship deal along with James Olayinka and Folarin Balogun.
Talented midfielder Xavier Amaechi has been offered a deal with the guarantee of a professional contract when he turns 17, as has defender Vontae Daley-Campbell.
Centre-back Mark McGuinness, who won the Victory Shield with the Republic of Ireland last year, has also been kept on as well as Matthew Smith and Bayli Spencer-Adams.
An update on the futures of the seven other eligible schoolboys – Daniel Barden, Shae Hutchinson, Joshua Dawodu, Harrison Clarke, Jordan Rusoke, Zak Swanson and Jayden Onen – is expected shortly.