Gilmour departs – which other youngsters could leave Arsenal this summer?


Charlie Gilmour confirmed yesterday that he will be leaving Arsenal when his contract expires at the end of next month.

The midfielder, once described by former academy manager Liam Brady as the best schoolboy at the club, progressed through the ranks at the Hale End academy prior to signing scholarship terms in 2015.

Gilmour, an excellent penalty taker who once scored three spot-kicks in one game for the U18s, featured twice for the first-team in the Europa League this season and was also part of the squad that travelled to Dubai.

A member of the Arsenal U23 side that won the title in 2017/18, Gilmour’s spell with the Gunners spanned 14 years.

It is certain that there will be further youngsters departing this summer, but who could join Gilmour in leaving the club?

Julio Pleguezuelo told supporters after the final U23 game of the season that he was uncertain about his future at the club.

The long-serving centre-back, who made his first-team debut against Blackpool this campaign, is out of contract at the end of June.

Left-back Cohen Bramall is another who could depart after he failed to force his way into Unai Emery’s plans, while Joseph Olowu and Tolaji Bola have been used sparingly for the U23s of late and could also be let go.

Winger Nathan Tormey has also found himself on the periphery of proceedings and may be amongst those to depart.

Goalkeeper Matt Macey struggled to make an impact on loan at Plymouth Argyle and could see his time at Arsenal come to an end.

A decision will also have to be made on Ben Sheaf, who, at the age of 21, will want to be playing first-team football in some capacity next season.

With regards to slightly younger players, right-back Vontae Daley-Campbell has yet to sign the professional contract that he was offered a year ago, while centre-back Bayli Spencer-Adams also hasn’t put pen to paper on professional terms.

James Hillson‘s loan spell from Reading has come to an end, but the goalkeeper is set to leave the Royals this summer and could still be offered a permanent contract by Arsenal.

One comment

  1. Vontae Daley-Campbell is the one I’m most keen we keep out of these players. From his point of view though he is aware that Jordi Osei-Tutu has not been given an opportunity this year despite being on the fringes of the first team. JOT is now 20 and needs to be playing, VDC won’t want to follow in his footsteps.

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