Arsenal confirm release of 12 players

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Santi Cazorla surgery

Arsenal have confirmed the list of players being released when their contracts come to an end tomorrow.

Of the 12 names on the list, first team departures include, Per Mertesacker, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla.

The BFG is our new Academy manager, Wilshere is looking for a new club – possibly Fenerbahce? – having turned down a chance to stay, while Santi is training with Villarreal in the hope of resurrecting his career after 18 months out injured.

Recognisable amongst the youngsters are the likes of Vlad Dragomir, a mainstay in the under-23s last season, and Yassin Fortune, who joined from Lens at the same time as The Jeff.

Our resident Arsenal youth expert, Jeorge Bird, reported in June that Dragomir and Fortune were both offered new deals, so we can only assume they’ve turned down the chance to make a name for themselves at the Emirates.

Marc Bola
Santi Cazorla
Alex Crean
Vlad Dragomir
Aaron Eyoma
Yassin Fortune
Ryan Huddart
Chiori Johnson
Hugo Keto
Per Mertesacker
Tafari Moore
Jack Wilshere

In addition, the club have confirmed that professional contracts have been signed by teenagers Daniel Ballard, Dominic Thompson and Robbie Burton, while contract extensions have been penned by Deyan Iliev and Tolaji Bola.

It’s also a big day for eight other Academy prospects who’ve signed as scholars for the season ahead. Congratulations to Ryan Alebiousu, Ben Cottrell, Matthew Dennis, Stanley Flaherty, Alfie Matthews, Bukayo Saka, Thomas Smith and Joshua Martin.

It’s expected the club will announce the arrival of Sokratis from Borussia Dortmund in the next couple of days.

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Someguy
Someguy
1 year ago

Dragomir? Thought he was quite highly rated.

RunningRayRunningDownTheWing
RunningRayRunningDownTheWing
1 year ago
Reply to  Someguy

Read the article – he was offered a new deal but ‘turned down’ the chance…

Gearóid Kelly
Gearóid Kelly
1 year ago

That was referring to Wilshere

Jimbo Jones
Jimbo Jones
1 year ago
Reply to  Gearóid Kelly

Kelly suggest you read it again

eduardo
eduardo
1 year ago
Reply to  Someguy

his agent today said that they are still in talks with Arsenal over a new deal, and that he did not care what list was announced on .com

Vonnie
Vonnie
1 year ago
Reply to  eduardo

I hope so, he’s really good and I was looking forward to seeing him progress to the first team, he’s one that I have big hopes for.

Pedant
Pedant
1 year ago

No big surprises, hope the youngsters do well wherever they move onto.

Santi, Per and Jack will be well remembered for what they have done for the club.

Rich
Rich
1 year ago

Adios Santi ? My favourite Arsenal player since 2012, a real joy to watch and certainly Arsenal Greatest player at the Emirates to date.

Jason
Jason
1 year ago

Wilshere must not leave he must F off. And take ospina

And_Unai_Said...
And_Unai_Said...
1 year ago
Reply to  Jason

Have school holidays started early?

George
George
1 year ago

Haha. Brilliant. Thanks for the chuckle.

frank from Vienna
frank from Vienna
1 year ago
Reply to  Jason

the nickname says it all….

Meletios
Meletios
1 year ago
Reply to  Jason

Not need.

Lobster
Lobster
1 year ago

Santi at West Ham (3-1). Santi at Man City (2-0). The North (London) Remembers.

goongot
goongot
1 year ago
Reply to  Lobster

it would be a crime if u forgot santi’s contribution for our 1st trophy in ages!!!

D ceee
D ceee
1 year ago
Reply to  goongot

It was a crime!

Henry
Henry
1 year ago
Reply to  D ceee

-Arrest him!

Lobster
Lobster
1 year ago
Reply to  goongot

That moment will be replayed over and over again in every Arsenal compilation youtube video for the rest of time.

The responsibility lies with us, those who witnessed it, to tell the tales of the other less-glamorous times when the Smiling Spanish Magician carried us through dark winter away matches where a negative result was most often a long foregone conclusion.

One of them is lying!
One of them is lying!
1 year ago
Reply to  Lobster

And the Santi Cazorla song that’s chanted all througout the stadium. That would definitely be a miss!

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL
1 year ago
Reply to  Lobster

That left peg strike against West Ham..The day Santi showed us a footballer can be perfectly two footed.

Super Joshi
Super Joshi
1 year ago

FFS Not Tafari!

myrtle
myrtle
1 year ago
Reply to  Super Joshi

He wanted moore game time

Lobster
Lobster
1 year ago
Reply to  myrtle

“Your coat Sir. It will stay there in the corner with your hat and the other legendary commentary quips like “wiltoooOOOOOOOoord!”

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage
1 year ago
Reply to  Super Joshi

He had to shake that Laffy Tafari.

Tas_Gunner
Tas_Gunner
1 year ago

Spurs apparently interested in Jack…if that somehow happens,ooooh boy.

D ceee
D ceee
1 year ago
Reply to  Tas_Gunner

That would actually be some funny shit! Sol or Jack??

Tas_Gunner
Tas_Gunner
1 year ago
Reply to  D ceee

Sol of course but still if somehow out of the blue jack makes a U-turn regarding his opinion about that lot and join them,It will hurt,really hurt.

TeeCee
TeeCee
1 year ago
Reply to  Tas_Gunner

Can you imagine the Spuds’ reaction?
Probably somewhere around what would have happened here if our board had appointed Tony Pulis as manager…

Cech out my lazy arsenal pun name
Cech out my lazy arsenal pun name
1 year ago
Reply to  TeeCee

Not even in jest! We speak not of the tracksuited orc king

Tony
Tony
1 year ago
Reply to  Tas_Gunner

He would never. What do we think of Tottenham? What do we think of shit? I rest my case.

Joe90
Joe90
1 year ago

Why tafari?

No Longer Laughing Stock
No Longer Laughing Stock
1 year ago

Can’t believe we’ve got rid of the singer of T Rex 🙁

Henry
Henry
1 year ago

How anyone could downrate that, I will never understand…

eduardo
eduardo
1 year ago

what about armstrong okoflex and Arthur Okonkwo, recent reports suggest that both have signed on as scholars this season

Cheadle
Cheadle
1 year ago

What’s up with Cohen Brammal?

Declan M
Declan M
1 year ago

Stanley Flaherty and Alfie Matthews. Good news for the Arsenal Gentleman….

N10
N10
1 year ago

What is the deal with Mustafi?