Confirmed: Jordi Osei-Tutu leaves Arsenal permanently for VfL Bochum

Jordi Osei-Tutu’s seven-year spell at Arsenal has come to an end, with the defender signing for Bundesliga club VfL Bochum on a permanent transfer.

Signed from Reading as a scholar in 2015, Osei-Tutu quickly progressed to professional terms and went on to be named on the bench for the first-team. He subsequently featured in pre-season under Unai Emery in 2018.

Osei-Tutu frequently impressed for Arsenal at U23s level but was strangely overlooked for first-team involvement. He was part of the Arsenal U23 side that won the Premier League 2 title in 2018.

He later headed out on a series of loan spells, playing for Bochum, Cardiff City, Nottingham Forest and Rotherham United. In recent years he has struggled with a series of injuries.

At the age of 23, it is the correct time for Osei-Tutu to move on and it is hoped that he can recapture the heights of his loan spell at Bochum.



  1. Hi Jeorge,
    According to TransferMarkt Jordi had a contract until next summer, so we didn’t release or sell him, but gave Bochum for free. Are you aware of any compensation, add-on or clause?
    And if none or insignificant, did Arsenal do that as a favor to the player, to trim the U21 team, to get his salary from the wage-bill, or for some different reason?

    1. He was probably earning the customary £5-10k a week afforded to the academy players, so the club save £250-500k.

      Could be a few more deals like this, during this window.

      1. True, Daniel Ballard to Burnley for only £2m, if it comes to pass, seems very reasonable to me, almost a case of ‘mates rates’ for Vincent Kompany, but Daniel couldn’t learn his trade from a better example than the Belgian and if true we have a buy-back or first option clause inserted in the deal…

      2. Ballard’s move has broken down. Apparently he had already had the medical but could not agree terms?

    1. It happens, Burnley are quite conservative with their financial packages and maybe Daniel knows he can get more elsewhere, I’m surprised really that one of the lower Premier clubs haven’t taken a punt on him?

  2. Not sure how true this is, but a friend of a friend of a friend, etc. Just told me that Petr Cech may be coming back to the Club in a coaching role of some sort. U23s? U18s? Goalkeeping? Obviously just a rumour as the source is a bit distant.

  3. JB – I keep reading that Saliba and Martinelli are now homegrown. Does this mean as the the PL2 is now u21, that players born before July 31st 2001 are now classed as over 21, this meaning homegrown or non-homegrown?

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