Mark McGuinness leaves Arsenal for Cardiff City in permanent deal

Mark McGuinness has become the third youngster to leave Arsenal today by signing a permanent deal with Cardiff City.

After Trae Coyle and Zech Medley departed earlier in the day, McGuinness has secured a move to the Championship.

McGuinness has enhanced his reputation significantly in the past year. The tall centre-back scored with a header for the first-team in a friendly against MK Dons last year and then went on loan to Ipswich Town, for whom he played 25 times.

The Republic of Ireland youth international joined Arsenal as a schoolboy before signing scholarship terms in 2017.

Having had some difficult moments at first, being left out of the squad on many occasions and struggling with injury, McGuinness went on to be part of the Arsenal U18 side that won the southern section title in 2019.

McGuinness only played six times for Arsenal U23s but has developed well of late and is now looking to take his game to the next level.

The departure of McGuinness may come as something of a surprise, but it is extremely difficult for centre-backs to make the breakthrough in any case, especially at Arsenal where there are a host of players in that position.


  1. Whilst I’m not surprised by the club releasing Medley and Coyle – good luck to both of them – I am a bit surprised that McGuinness has been released, do you think Jeorge that it’s simply a technical decision or could it be that the club are looking for a different profile of centre back?

    1. I think he just wanted to play regularly and was unlikely to get many chances at Arsenal.

      On Mon, 21 Jun 2021 at 22:14, Jeorge Bird's Arsenal Youth wrote:


  2. McGuiness was currently about 9th choice centre back, at Cardiff he is likely to be in the matchday squad every week.

    Another are that is looking congested is right back, with around 8 players who can play there. Yet just like centre back, Arteta is not really happy with any of them as his first choice. Chambers, Maitland-Niles, Soares, Bellerin, Swanson, Osei-Tutu, Alebiosou, Norton-Cuffy. Only the latter being eligible to at u18 and already beyond that level IMO

    1. I feel a bit sorry for Swanson as he was coming along nicely the season before last but a wasted year in Holland seems to have knocked him right back (no pun intended) and Norton Cuffy is really pushing on.
      He needs a good loan this coming season and then maybe he can still turn his Arsenal career around?

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