The end of the season is approaching and, inevitably, this will prove to be the final campaign at the club for some young prospects.
Winger Nathan Tella has already sealed a move to Southampton, but which other young players could leave Arsenal this summer?
Glen Kamara has endured a hugely frustrating season, with the defensive-midfielder having been unable to fully impose himself on loan at Colchester United in the first half of the campaign, while since January he has been training with Arsenal’s U23 side but hasn’t made an appearance. The Finland youth international, who has played one senior game for Arsenal, seems certain to be let go.
Kristopher Da Graca is another player who is surplus to requirements and the tall centre-back has been on trial at Genoa recently. With Ben Sheaf and Joseph Olowu now ahead of him in the pecking order at Arsenal, Da Graca has no future at the club.
Having shown some glimpses of his ability for the U18s last season, it was anticipated that Savvas Mourgos would step up to the U23s on a more regular basis this campaign. That hasn’t quite transpired, however, with the midfielder having, rather strangely, been restricted to just four appearances at that level, and he may well move on.
Like Tella, defender Kostas Pileas sees his scholarship deal expire at the end of June. The club have yet to hold discussions with the 18-year-old regarding whether he will get a professional contract.
Centre-back Stefan O’Connor has barely featured on loan at Dutch club MVV Maastricht and could depart permanently along with Aaron Eyoma, who has yet to play on loan at Volendam.
On a slightly different note, Chris Willock’s contract expires this summer, with the winger, who has made two competitive appearances for the first-team, yet to commit to a new deal. Meanwhile, his brother Joe has yet to sign the professional contract that was offered to him when he signed scholarship terms.
It seems, then, that there will, in all likelihood, be several exits from the academy, and it should also be taken into consideration that some high-profile players, such as Jon Toral, could leave depending on whether or not they are promised first-team opportunities.