Almost every year there tends to be a host of departures from the Arsenal academy, with players inevitably moving on to pastures new having either been released or having decided that they may have a better chance of succeeding elsewhere.
This year is unlikely to be any different. Tobi Omole and Matthew Dennis have already been let go and there could well be further departures.
One of those could be Ben Sheaf, who has just returned to Arsenal following a productive loan spell at Doncaster Rovers, for whom he featured prominently.
Sheaf is a talented player and is very professional in his approach, but at the age of 22 he may feel that he has to leave Arsenal to play regularly elsewhere.
Tolaji Bola, meanwhile, is 21 years old and has yet to make a senior appearance. The left-back is still under contract at Arsenal but he is another player who would perhaps benefit from kick-starting his career at another club.
A decision will also have to be made on Jordi Osei-Tutu, who finished his loan spell at VfL Bochum in superb form. Osei-Tutu demonstrated that he is perhaps best suited to playing as a right winger but with Arsenal having several options in that department it wouldn’t be a major surprise if he too was to move on, despite the quality that he possesses.
The main focus remains on Folarin Balogun, whose future at the club is undecided. The striker’s situation should become somewhat clearer over the next couple of weeks, with the youth teams set to return to training.