Arsenal headed to the United States today for their pre-season tour, but, while much of the focus was on the absence of Laurent Koscielny, there was another notable player missing from the travelling party.
Despite being one of Arsenal’s most high-profile youngsters, Xavier Amaechi didn’t make the cut, even though players such as James Olayinka and Robbie Burton did instead.
Amaechi’s omission wasn’t much of a surprise given that he hasn’t trained with the first-team this week, but it will inevitably raise further questions about his Arsenal future.
This snub comes after the winger was also left out of the matchday squad for the Europa League final last season, despite making the trip to Azerbaijan.
Last season Amaechi featured for the first-team, in his only appearance at that level so far, as the Gunners took on Al-Nasr in Dubai.
However, he failed to make an impact as he frequently squandered possession.
At youth level Amaechi has frequently impressed. He was part of the Arsenal U23 side that won the Premier League 2 title in 2017/18 and he also caught the eye last season.
Amaechi frequently creates chances, yet he isn’t the most prolific player, as demonstrated by the fact that he has only scored four times in 22 appearances for the U23s.
In terms of raw talent Amaechi is undoubtedly one of Arsenal’s best prospects, but he still has much to improve upon if he is to succeed at the highest level.
There have been suggestions that the 18-year-old may now look to move on and if that does prove to be the case then it will certainly be a shame for Arsenal to lose another prospect so soon after the departure of Yunus Musah.
With so many talented youngsters at the club, though, there are bound to be some that will get frustrated regarding their lack of playing time and it appears Amaechi could fall into that category.
Against Boreham Wood last weekend, when playing for the U23s, Amaechi gave the impression that he didn’t really want to be there as he often tried uneccessary step-overs.
Today he suffered further disappointment but it remains to be seen what the future holds for him at Arsenal.