Report – Arsenal to sign former Tottenham youngster Dinzeyi

Arsenal are reportedly set to sign former Tottenham defender Jonathan Dinzeyi.

According to The Athletic, the centre-back will join Arsenal after being released by Tottenham at the end of June.

The 20-year-old is expected to go into Arsenal’s U23 squad and could provide a replacement for Zech Medley, who has joined Gillingham on loan.

Dinzeyi didn’t make a competitive first-team appearance for Tottenham but he did feature in a friendly against Girona, while he made 26 appearances at U23 level having previously played 35 times for the U18s. He was also involved in the UEFA Youth League.

He was previously capped by England at U18 level and was part of the Tottenham U18 side that thrashed Arsenal 9-0 in 2018.

If Dinzeyi does join it would raise questions about the futures of some of the young centre-backs at the club. Daniel Ballard could go on loan again, while it remains to be seen what the plans are for Harry Clarke this season. Mark McGuinness had hoped to feature regularly for the U23s this season and Joseph Olowu is set to return from his loan spell at Cork City in October. In addition the likes of Mazeed Ogungbo and Alex Kirk have impressed in training for the U23s but would fall further down the pecking order if Dinzeyi was to join.

4 comments

  1. Hey Jeorge! I think we needed left footed centre back in U23’s, after Medley gone loan. And Dinzeyi’s both footed, quite fast. I think we got that type in Ogungbo, but he’s 17 and we needed competition for him, what you think? I think this releates that we are looking new kind of players, who will suite to Arteta’s methods, and playing the back three occasionally?

  2. And i think that Spurs released him, because they thought him as traditional centre back, but we are looking something else?

  3. Hi Jeorge, Mickey alluded to it above, but in general at U23 and U18 do Arsenal go with a back four or a back three and do you think that with the 1st team using three at the back that our junior teams might line up that way this season?

    1. They normally mirror what the first team do but for most of last season they played a back four. If Arteta plays with three at the back on a regular basis then the youth teams will probably follow suit but for now it will probably be a back four.

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