Arsenal’s full list of 15 2022 scholars as Ismeal Kabia scholarship is confirmed

The full list of Arsenal’s 2022 scholars can finally be confirmed after Ismeal Kabia’s deal was announced.

OMARI BENJAMIN

A forward who can also play out wide, Benjamin has represented Wales at youth level and was prolific for Arsenal U16s last season.

LUIS BROWN

The son of former West Ham player Kenny Brown, he possesses excellent leadership qualities and is a dependable performer at centre-back. Brown played for the U18s against Everton last season in the Premier League Cup.

NOAH COOPER

A goalkeeper who was previously at Crystal Palace, Cooper is eligible to represent England or Jamaica.

HARRISON DUDZIAK

A central midfielder who has played for England at U15 level, Dudziak is an impressive passer.

SEB FERDINAND

Ferdinand is a winger who delivers excellent crosses and also poses a goal threat himself. He works very hard off the ball.

ROMARI FORDE

Another winger, Forde joined Arsenal as an U15 player having previously been at Watford for eight years.

ISMEAL KABIA

A skilful winger, Kabia is eligible to play for Sierra Leone or the Netherlands at youth level.

MALDINI KACURRI

A no-nonsense defender who often makes crunching challenges, Kacurri was signed after being let go by Fulham. He is an impressive distributor of the ball.

OSMAN KAMARA

A forward eligible to play for England or Sierra Leone, Kamara can also play out wide.

JOSH NICHOLS

Capable of playing in either full-back berth, Nichols is one of the youngest players in this group and relishes pushing forward.

BRIAN OKONKWO

The younger brother of first-team goalkeeper Arthur, Brian has already been on the bench for the U18s and has impressive reflexes.

ALEXEI ROJAS

One of the standout talents in this group, Rojas trained with the first-team as a schoolboy and commands his penalty area very well.

MICHAL ROSIAK

A right-back who can also play in midfield, Rosiak was involved with the U18s last season. He is a Poland youth international.

KAMARNI RYAN

A skilful player who can operate as a winger or a forward, he was signed from Chelsea and has progressed well in the ensuing period.

COBY SMALL

A centre-back who is a product of the Hale End academy, Small reads the game well.

3 comments

  1. 15 is quite a big intake, along with the 2nd year scholars that brings the group to 23 including 4 goalkeepers.

    The first team is even bigger, with the signing of zinchenko bringing the number to 34 including 5 goalkeepers.

    Then there is the young pro’s, the u21s if you like, 34 including 4 goalkeepers.

    Whilst many people were unhappy with the departure of ex-charlton academy player Hutchinson, the sheer amount of players means that anyone who is impatient, may as well leave.

    There has to be around 18-20 more departures this summer, whether that is permanent or loan is not really important. Whether that is first team or other professionals is unimportant.

    I am certain that one of the 1st year scholars will come good and the loss of Hutchinson will soon be forgotten.

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