Arsenal have confirmed that Zech Medley will spend next season on loan with Gillingham.
The 20-year-old centre-back moves to the Priestfield Stadium to gain valuable first team experience having made three substitute appearances for the Gunners.
The move makes sense given his path to regular first team action is currently blocked by seven other candidates; David Luiz, Rob Holding, Sokratis, injured trio Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari and new boy William Saliba.
While there’s a chance a couple of the above could leave, we’re also being heavily linked with another defender – Lille’s Gabriel Magalhães.
“We are delighted that Zech has joined us,” manager Steve Evans told the Gillingham website.
“The lad has taken his time, spoken to numerous clubs and he is a superb addition.
“I would like to acknowledge the support of Mikel Arteta and his staff at Arsenal for agreeing that Zech should continue his education here.
“He is actually a Medway boy, he went to school in Gillingham and his family still live here, in many ways he is one of our own.”
Anyway, best of luck to Zech in the rough and tumble of League One. He’ll have Joe Willock’s brother, Matty, for company.