Xavier Amaechi secured his move away from Arsenal today, with the winger set to be part of the first-team squad at Hamburg.
Amaechi, who had established a reputation as one of Arsenal’s standout youth prospects, had been heavily linked with a move away from the club, especially after he was overlooked for a place on the bench in last season’s Europa League final against Chelsea.
The opportunity to test himself in senior football was hugely appealing for the 18-year-old, and he will hope to receive plenty of opportunities to prove his worth.
From Arsenal’s perspective, it is certainly hugely frustrating to lose yet another talented young player, but in this case there is little more that they could have done in order to keep Amaechi, especially with the likes of Bukayo Saka and Reiss Nelson having progressed so well.
All Arsenal can do now is focus on the youngsters that they still have at their disposal, and one of those is Matthew Dennis.
Dennis, another Hale End product, was on the scoresheet yesterday as Arsenal U18s continued their preparations for the new campaign with a 1-1 draw away to Hitchin Town.
While not being as high-profile as Amaechi, Dennis is still an interesting prospect. Capable of playing at right-back, he is perhaps better suited to playing further forwards.
When used as a winger Dennis can make use of his considerable strength, while he can also deliver impressive crosses with regularity.
Another player who could eventually benefit from Amaechi’s departure is Ryan Alebiosu, who, like Dennis, has received playing time both at right-back and as a right-winger.
Alebiosu has lots to learn in terms of his overall development and is still somewhat slight physically, but he should receive plenty of playing time at U18 level in order to continue his progress.