Arsenal have confirmed their new intake of scholars for the 2020/21 season in the official matchday programme.
The full list is as follows:
Zach Awe – defender
The talented centre-back is an England youth international and has already featured for Arsenal U18s.
Mauro Bandeira – midfielder
An all-action midfielder who represents Portugal at youth level, Bandeira broke into the Arsenal U18 team last season.
Khayon Edwards – forward
A hard-working forward, Edwards featured for Arsenal U18s last campaign.
Taylor Foran – defender
A tall centre-back with impressive leadership qualities, he featured against Cheltenham in the FA Youth Cup.
Luigi Gaspar – midfielder
The son of Edu, Gaspar is a tough tackling midfielder and he will hope to feature prominently for the U18s next season.
Omari Giraud-Hutchinson – winger
A very skilful player, Hutchinson is expected to make a major impact for the U18s.
Jack Henry-Francis – midfielder
A fine passer, Henry-Francis impressed for Arsenal U16s last season.
Henry Jeffcott – deender
The dependable defender has already been involved with the U18s and can play at centre-back or left-back.
James Lannin-Sweet – midfielder
An attacking midfielder who can also play out wide, Lannin-Sweet has been capped by England at U17 level.
Remy Mitchell – goalkeeper
Mitchell featured for the U18s as an U15 player and the shot-stopper has also been on the bench for the U23s.
Zane Monlouis – defender
One of the most experienced players in this group, Monlouis was heavily involved for the U18s last season.
Brooke Norton-Cuffy – defender
A right-back who has been capped by England at youth level, Norton-Cuffy is also a threat with his crosses.
Charlie Patino – midfielder
Already a regular for the U18s, Patino has trained with the first-team and is potentially the standout player in this group. He could even push into the U23s as the campaign progresses.
Charles Sagoe Junior – winger
A skilful winger, Sagoe Junior is usually deployed on the left wing and will hope to impress for the U18s.
William Vigar – forward
Vigar is a hard-working striker who has performed well at schoolboy level.
Mexican midfielder Marcelo Flores wasn’t listed in Arsenal’s article, but this is likely to be an oversight as he has previously stated that he will be part of the U18 squad next season. We will await confirmation of Flores’ situation over the next few days.
The article also states there are likely to be a couple of further additions to the U18 squad ahead of the new campaign.
Given the wide range of prospects that it contains, this intake could potentially be one of Arsenal’s best ever and certainly seems to be the strongest overall for several years.
It is important to be patient with each of these players, but they will all hope that they can enjoy a successful first campaign as a scholar, with some of them potentially even pushing into the U23s.