It hasn’t yet been announced when the new academy season will begin, or indeed whether this campaign’s results will be officially recorded, but preparations are underway at Arsenal ahead of 2020/21.
This week there were three departures from the academy, with Nathan Tormey, Tobi Omole and Matthew Dennis all seeing their spells with the club come to an end.
Tormey, a hard-working winger, was impressive for the U23s over the past couple of seasons but found it difficult to break into the first-team picture, especially with players of the calibre of Bukayo Saka ahead of him in the pecking order.
Arsenal offered Tormey a three-year deal, with their plan presumably involving sending him on loan next season, but the 20-year-old rejected the contract and is set to move elsewhere.
Omole, meanwhile, always appeared a likely candidate to depart as he often seemed out of his depth at U23 level.
Signed as a schoolboy in 2014, he featured for the U18s when he was an U15 player and has demonstrated his versatility, playing at centre-back, left-back and in midfield.
However, he wasn’t a regular for the U23s and has been let go.
Dennis was at the end of his scholarship deal and wasn’t offered professional terms by the club, despite scoring a superb goal against Southampton in the FA Youth Cup this season.
Like Omole, Dennis is a versatile player – he has featured at right-back, in central midfield and on the left wing. He was carrying an injury throughout the season which meant that his progress was somewhat restricted.