At the end of June, the remaining three second year scholars at Arsenal – Alfie Matthews, Matthew Dennis and Ryan Alebiosu – will see their contracts with the club expire.
At present there hasn’t been an update regarding what the future holds for the trio and which of them, if any, will be given a professional contract ahead of next season.
In each case Arsenal have a difficult decision to make as all three players are probably capable of making an impact at U23 level but would most likely have to be patient for opportunities initially if they were kept on.
Matthews, a forward, scored five goals in 15 league appearances for the U18s this season but hasn’t quite managed to hit the heights that were expected of him when he was a schoolboy.
Dennis, meanwhile, has demonstrated his versatility having played at right-back and on the left wing.
The Hale End product could be a useful option for the U23s next season if he is retained and probably has the best chance out of the trio of pushing on further.
Alebiosu, who can play at right-back or further forwards on that flank, broke into the U23 squad towards the end of last season.
A skilful player, his end product isn’t of a particularly high standard, but he could also be a good option for Steve Bould’s side.
Time is running out for Arsenal to make up their minds on this trio and it will be intriguing to see the decisions that they make.