Arsenal have confirmed that Ben Sheaf has joined Coventry on a season-long loan.
The 22-year-old, a contemporary of Ainsley Maitland-Niles, spent last season on loan at Doncaster Rovers and has also spent time at Stevenage Town since making a couple of brief cameos for the Gunners at the tail-end of Arsene Wenger’s time in charge in 2017.
The Frenchman was a big fan of the midfielder, saying at the time: “He’s always ahead of the game and his anticipation quality is absolutely huge.
“He has that kind of mental strength as well. A typical British way of handling things, facing the difficulties with a very cool and intelligent way.
“There is something in him that I believe will allow him to progress always. Because he analyses well what’s happening to him, he assesses well what is going on and that’s why I believe he will have a good career.”
Understandably, Coventry are pretty chuffed with their signing. Speaking about Sheaf’s arrival, manager Mark Robbins said: “We’re very pleased to announce Ben’s arrival at the Club.
“He’s a player with great pedigree and ability, who will really add to our squad for the Championship season ahead.
“He’s got a good physical presence and a footballing brain as well, and will be a real asset for us during the campaign.
“We thank Arsenal for agreeing to loan Ben to us, and look forward to working with him.”
Given the Sky Blues, who play in the Championship, also have an option to buy Ben at the end of the season, it looks as though his time at the Emirates might be coming to an end.
We wish him all the best for the year ahead.