Arsenal have released three young players as they streamline the number of Academy graduates competing for reserve and first team action.
Midfielder Mark Randall, defender Thomas Cruise and winger Roarie Deacon have all become free agents after the North London club opted not to offer them new contracts at the Emirates.
Randall, who is well known to Arsenal fans following several seasons of action in the Carling Cup, spent last term on loan at Rotherham United but struggled to make an impact in League Two. Previously loaned to both MK Dons and Burnley, Arsene Wenger has now decided that the 21-year-old should continue his career elsewhere having fallen behind the likes of young British duo Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey in his development.
Thomas Cruise came to prominence last season after the Gunners handed him a surprise debut in the Champions League against Olympiakos. While his performance at in Greece hinted at a bright future he remained at best fourth in the left-back pecking order with Armand Troare and Kieran Gibbs preferred options as back-up to Gael Clichy. Roarie Deacon meanwhile produced notable performances last term at both under-18 and reserve level but leaves Arsenal without a first team appearance to his name.
Two further young players look likely to continue their development on the continent with Brazilian duo Pedro Botelho and Wellington Silva both wanted by La Liga side Levante, according to Young Guns Blog. Not yet eligible for a work permit, left-sided defender Botelho will, if signed by Juan Ignacio Martinez, embark on a prospective fourth season in Spain having already racked up spells with Salamanca, Celta Vigo and Cartegena.
Wellington, who was signed from Brazilian side Fluminense in January, was immediately loaned to Levante after failing to secure a ‘special talent visa’ but struggled to make an impact in the last months of the season with his temperament publically questioned by the coaching staff. It is now believed that new coach Martinez will offer the 18-year-old a second chance to impress at the Valencia outfit as he looks to prove his talent to Arsene Wenger.