It went somewhat under the radar, but there was a departure from the Arsenal academy this week, with Stan Flaherty’s time at the club coming to an end.
Flaherty was nearing the end of his scholarship deal and had been informed that he wasn’t guaranteed to be offered a professional contract.
The midfielder spent time on trial at West Ham United and Newcastle United earlier this season and it is now anticipated that he could join the latter, where he would go into the U23 squad for next season.
A product of the Hale End academy, Flaherty produced some encouraging performances for the U18s last season but wasn’t given many chances.
Another second year scholar could follow Flaherty out of the exit door, with Alfie Matthews reportedly in talks with Newcastle.
Matthews, a striker, is in the same situation that Flaherty was in that he isn’t guaranteed a professional deal.
This season Matthews has scored three goals in nine appearances for Arsenal at U18 level and also received a callup to the U23 squad.