As is usually the case each year, a host of youngsters left Arsenal last summer, with some having been released, whilst others elected to move on themselves.
Here’s an assessment of how each of them have got on since leaving the club.
The youngster joined Newcastle United after being released and has been heavily involved for the Magpies’ U23 side, whilst he has also played in the EFL Trophy.
Although he was usually deployed as a centre-back at Arsenal, O’Connor has demonstrated his versatility at Newcastle, featuring as a midfielder and at right-back on occasion.
Another defender who was let go, Pileas struggled to perform consistently for Arsenal at youth level, but he was snapped up by Anorthosis, who play in the top tier in his homeland of Cyprus.
Pileas has made five league appearances so far but has mostly been an unused substitute.
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The Swedish centre-back also returned to his home country with IFK Goteborg, with whom he has made his first steps into senior football.
Da Graca was sent off on his debut against Malmo but made several appearances thereafter.
However, having struggled he lost his place in the side.
Perhaps the most high-profile youngster to leave Arsenal last summer, Willock turned down a new contract with the Gunners to instead sign for Benfica.
Despite being involved with the first-team in pre-season, Willock has only featured for Benfica’s B side so far, although the winger has impressed, scoring three goals and providing two assists in 17 games.
A player who frequently linked up with Willock when the pair were at Arsenal, Hinds left the club without having made a senior appearance.
The forward joined Wolfsburg and made his Bundesliga debut against Borussia Dortmund but became less involved with the first-team after former Arsenal academy chief Andries Jonker was sacked as the club’s manager.
Hinds subsequently joined second division side Greuther Furth on loan.
Kamara may have been unable to make the cut at Arsenal but the midfielder has thrived since leaving the club.
The Finnish youngster joined Dundee and has been a regular for the Scottish Premiership side, making 36 appearances across all competitions.
Once regarded as one of Arsenal’s standout youngsters, midfielder Crowley, having impressed on loan at Go Ahead Eagles, made the permanent switch to Dutch football with Willem II.
Crowley flitted between the first-team at the B team in the first half of the season prior to linking up with second division team Cambuur on loan.
The talented Algerian midfielder made it clear that he didn’t want to spend any more time playing U23 football and left Arsenal for Empoli.
Bennacer’s decision looks to have paid off so far as he has been a regular for the Serie B side and has impressed.
The midfielder was unable to really thrive at U23 level for Arsenal and ended up signing for Norwich City.
So far the Greek youngster has been a key figure for the Canaries in the second tier of Premier League 2, scoring twice in eight appearances.
Strangely, given his quality, Toral left Arsenal without having made a competitive senior appearance.
Since then he has managed to hold down a regular starting berth for Hull City in the Championship, featuring as a right winger and, at times, an attacking midfielder.
Toral has scored once and provided three assists in the league for Hull as he looks to help the club avoid relegation.
A surprise departure right at the end of the summer transfer window, Malen returned to Holland with PSV Eindhoven.
The forward excelled for PSV’s U21 side in the first half of the season, scoring eight goals and providing two assists, and he has since stepped up to make two senior appearances in the Eredivisie.