Brentford have confirmed the signing of Josh Dasilva after the 19-year-old midfielder turned down a contract extension at Arsenal.
The England youth international has signed a four-year contract at the Bees after an 11-year spell as a Gunner that saw him progress through the ranks from Hale End to London Colney.
He leaves the Emirates having made three appearances for the first team in the League Cup last term and had been expected to stick around for this season.
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Speaking about their new signing Phil Giles, Brentford FC Co-Director of Football, said: “Josh elected not to sign the new contract offered to him by Arsenal, which shows he is understands the importance of starting to play regular First Team football.
“It is great that Brentford now has a reputation for being able to offer that to the best young players and that they are keen to join us.
“It also helps that we play football in a way that Josh will be used to from his upbringing at Arsenal. We look forward to watching him develop over the coming seasons.”
Josh adds to the number of promising talents who have been released or opted to quit Arsenal this summer. Goalkeepers Joao Virginia and Hugo Keta signed for Everton and Brighton respectively, Stephy Mavididi joined Juventus, Vlad Dragomir moved to Hellas Verona and Yassin Fortune was snapped up by FC Sion.
Getting into the Arsenal first team is hard work and on the surface, it looks as though more and more young players are willing to take a step down to garner experience before pushing again for life in the top tier.
Good luck to Josh at Griffin Park.