Arsenal release O’Connor, Da Graca and Pileas

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Arsenal have confirmed that young defenders Stefan O’Connor, Kristopher Da Graca and Kostas Pileas will leave the club when their contracts expire at the end of this month.

O’Connor, who joined Arsenal as a schoolboy from Crystal Palace in 2010, broke into the second-string during his first season as a scholar and went on to make his senior debut against Galatasaray in the Champions League during the following campaign.

The centre-back subsequently had loan spells at York City and Maastricht.

Da Graca arrived at Arsenal as a schoolboy in 2014 and also featured prominently for the club at U23 level.

Pileas signed scholarship terms two years ago and was involved with the U23s early last season but it had been apparent for some time that he would be released.

Rather strangely Glen Kamara isn’t amongst the players who have been let go, suggesting that the Finnish midfielder may have a year remaining on his contract.

Chris and Joe Willock are also out of contract at the end of this month, but the fact that they haven’t been released indicates that it isn’t a foregone conclusion that they will leave.




  1. There seems to be an issue in the Arsenal Academy, where they seem to have difficulty in scouting, recruiting and developing centre-backs.

    This seems to have got worse in recent years whereby the academy have to take midfielders like Sheaf and Bielik and convert them into defenders, because it seems that the club is unable to source defenders of the required quality.

    Scouting seems to be the problem.

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