Arsenal’s new scholarship intake will officially sign their contracts next Tuesday, with 13 players having progressed to full time training at London Colney.
Here’s an assessment of each of the prospects, with Dan Micciche to coach the side having stepped up from the U15s.
An exciting, skilful player who can play as an attacking midfielder or out wide, Cozier-Duberry broke into the U18 squad towards the end of last season. The England youth international is a frequent source of creativity and while he is rather raw, he has much potential.
HENRY TIMI DAVIES
Arsenal signed Davies from Manchester City earlier this year. A player who is tactically aware, he is also very skilful. Davies is a forward who is tall and fast. He is also capable of playing out wide if required.
A product of Arsenal’s Hale End academy who has made good progress in recent years, Gower, a creative midfielder, scored on his debut for Arsenal U18s against Reading. A neat passer of the ball, he is also very committed.
Signed from Southampton this year, Green featured fleetingly for Arsenal U18s towards the end of the season. The youngster can play out wide or up front and is known for his flair. Green certainly has the potential to be one of the most successful players in this group.
Signed from QPR as a schoolboy, Ibrahim has been highly regarded for several years and produced some encouraging performances for Arsenal U18s towards the end of the campaign, providing two assists in four games. The central midfielder is efficient at winning the ball back and distributing it to his team-mates, big things are expected of Ibrahim.
A reliable goalkeeper who has been with the club for several years, Kovacevic was the first member of this group to be called up to the U18 squad when he was named on the bench against Leicester City in 2019. Kovacevic made his debut against Reading and will provide backup for Remy Mitchell this season.
ISMAIL OULAD M’HAND
The brother of young professional Salah-Eddine, Ismail also joined Arsenal from Feyenoord. The youngster, who is eligible to play for Holland or Morocco, is a central midfielder who is composed in possession.
A Hale End product who mainly plays at left-back, Quamina made a couple of appearances for the U18s towards the end of last season. Also capable of playing at centre-back, the prospect, who needs to work on his positioning, is eligible to play for Trinidad & Tobago.
Another player with much potential, Quesada-Thorn impressed for the U16s last season and was then called up to the U18s as the campaign progressed. Skilful and a good crosser, the youngster is mainly a winger but can also play at left-back. He is of Costa Rican descent.
Arguably the standout player in this group, Richards, a skilful attacker, has already made a significant impact since joining from Chelsea last season. The youngster became the first schoolboy to play for Arsenal U23s since 2015 and also featured in the FA Youth Cup as well as making an impact for the U18s. Capable of playing up front or out wide, he makes very intelligent runs. Richards is also an England youth international.
Talented Welsh youth international midfielder Roberts provided an assist on his debut for Arsenal U18s against Reading last season. Another player with much creative flair, he will hope to make a major impact at London Colney.
A Hale End-produced centre-back who filled in for the U18s at times towards the end of last season, Robinson will hope for plenty of further opportunities in his first season as a scholar.
A right-back who was previously at Tottenham Hotspur, Walters is eligible to play for England, Germany or Jamaica. Walters is reliable defensively but also relishes pushing forward and showed some encouraging signs in his outings for the U18s last season.
*Goalkeeper Jamie Telfer and defender Cameron Brayne aren’t part of this intake, with the latter having turned down the offer of a scholarship in order to stay at school.