Arsenal have confirmed that young winger George Lewis has joined the club on a free transfer.
The news comes after The Athletic broke the news of two other signings for the under-23s; Jonathan Dinzeyi and Tim Akinola.
All three players were free agents and mark low-risk attempts to give opportunities to players whose underlying metrics suggest they could come good in the future.
Their recruitment, led by Per Mertesacker and head of talent ID, Lee Herron, also allows the club’s Academy to continue to be competitive at under-23 level at a time when many of our Hale End kids are heading out on loan to gain valuable experience at senior level.
Here’s a bit more about each…
The Rwandan-born Norwegian was handed a week-long trial with the club in February but ended up staying two weeks and training with the first team. He’s been waiting patiently for the offer of a contract to be ratified ever since. Most recently, George played for Norwegian second-tier sides Tromsdalen and Fram Larvik. For more detailed background on how he joined the club, check out our exclusive interview feature.
The 20-year-old centre-half joins the Gunners after being released by Sp*rs for whom he made one senior appearance in a pre-season friendly last year. Dinzeyi made six appearances in Premier League 2 last season and also had a spell on trial at QPR. We vaguely remember another centre-back switching N17 for N5 and that worked out just fine. No pressure, Jonathan.
Released by Huddersfield after one season after coming through the ranks at Lincoln City, it’s believed the combative midfielder impressed the club’s video analysis team who suggested making the signing without the need for a trial.