Arsenal have confirmed that Zak Swanson has joined Dutch second tier side MVV Maastricht on loan for the 2020/21 season.
The 19-year-old full-back, a regular in Premier League 2 last season, heads to Holland to gain first team experience.
We developed a bit of a relationship with Maastricht when Andries Jonker headed up our Academy with Kelechi Nwakali and Stefan O’Connor both heading their on loan three years ago.
During the Dutchman’s spell, Tafari Moore, Gedion Zelalem, Aaron Eyoma and Dan Crowley also tasted life across the Channel, playing for Utrecht, VVV-Venlo, Volendam and Go Ahead Eagles respectively.
Best of luck to Zak, here’s hoping the move aids his development. We’ll resist the swansong puns for now.
In case you missed it, Zech Medley, another young defender, has also left the club on loan for the year. He’s joined Gillingham.