Morning all.

Not every Arsenal fan is interested in what’s going on in the academy, but for those who are, Jeorge Bird reported yesterday that the club has offered professional contracts to five second-year scholars.

  • Winger –  Kido Taylor-Hart
  • RB/CB – Daniel Oyegoke
  • Winger/FW – Nathan Butler-Oyedeji
  • GK – Ovie Ejeheri
  • LB –  Mazeed Ogungbo

We’ve all heard of Taylor-Hart, if for no other reason than Kev and Rick singing his praises on here but he’s definitely one to keep for a good while yet so fingers crossed he’s signs the deal on offer. Here’s a taster of what’s to come from him.

 

 

I think I’m right in saying all five are 18 years old and before anyone thinks ‘too young’ – Bukayo Saka was 17 years old when Unai Emery gave him his debut. Another 18 year old whose contract needs sorting out soon is Miguel Azeez. He’s a very talented young player who I think Arsenal really need to keep hold of.

NN has been full of headlines relating to ESR and his contract situation which Aston Villa are supposed to be keeping an eye on. Firstly, ESR has a contract until 2023 and secondly, the chances of him not signing a new one are slim to none in my opinion. So Villa can look all they like, but they’ll never touch. I think there’s more chance of Jack Grealish joining Arsenal than ESR joining Villa.

But, Dani Ceballos, David Luiz, Martin Odegaard and Mat Ryan have all left the club as their contracts expire at the end of the month.

All developments regarding players extending their contracts; joining/re-joining us; or leaving us will be officially communicated as soon as they are confirmed.

Ødegaard and Ryan perhaps.

That’s not the case for a few Youth players though as Levi Laing, Joseph Olowu, Luke Plange and Jason Sraha have been released by Arsenal. Good luck to all of them.

Rumours in relation to Arsenal additions this summer extends to back room staff as Luís Campos, ex Director of football at newly crowned champions of French football Lille. From what I’ve read about him he has an eye for talent and the ability to get transfers done. He’s being linked to Arsenal and Real Madrid.

Lastly, the official website have been running a fan vote for player of the season. Kieran Tierney came in third which was no great surprise. Had he not been injured, I’m sure he’d have been in with a chance of finishing higher. Yesterday though, 2nd place was announced and I was surprised to see Pepe’s name. I reckon he must have a really big family and they’ve all voted several times over. I jest of course. Top spot must be between Saka and ESR and my money is on Saka because he’s been consistent all season. Holding too has been consistent as has Xhaka but other than them, too many players had a very up and down eight months. Aubameyang in particular has by his standards, had a poor season.

Hopefully this time next year, there’ll be more than a handful of Arsenal players in with a chance of being voted the club’s best player of the season. Better still, the Premier League’s player of the season.

Maybe Emi Buendia will be one of them as according to The Sun, both Arsenal and Aston Villa have made an offer for him.

See you in the comments.