It has been a long time coming, but this season Jordi Osei-Tutu will finally get to experience competitive first-team football for the first time.
There were several occasions last season when Unai Emery could have thrown the right-back into action, but more experienced and not entirely convincing options such as Stephan Lichtsteiner and Carl Jenkinson were preferred instead.
Arsenal have elected to send Osei-Tutu on loan for the entirety of the new campaign, and, while that in itself doesn’t come as much of a surprise, perhaps his destination does.
The 20-year-old has linked up with VfL Bochum, who play in the second tier in Germany.
It was anticipated that Osei-Tutu could perhaps have been sent to a club in a higher division, but at least this way he has a very good chance of establishing himself as a regular in the starting lineup for his loan side.
One of Osei-Tutu’s team-mates will be Thomas Eisfeld, who will be able to tell him first hand just how difficult it is to make the breakthrough at Arsenal.
Although he joined at an older age than most academy players, Eisfeld still featured prominently for the Gunners at youth level and also played and scored for the first-team before eventually departing.
Osei-Tutu knows that, despite the quality that he possesses, he still has much work to do if he is to eventually break into the first-team at Arsenal.
His loan move leaves Arsenal short of back-up options at right-back, but from his perspective it was a necessary move.
After he featured for so long at youth level it will be intriguing to see how Osei-Tutu adapts to senior football and whether he can convince Arsenal to call upon him this time next year.