Jason Sraha joined Arsenal in the summer of 2019 eager to make an impact in his first season as a scholar.
Matters didn’t work out quite as expected for the former Chelsea youngster, however, as injuries halted his progress.
In total, Sraha was restricted to just six appearances for the U18s last campaign, although he was named on the bench for two games in the FA Youth Cup.
Sraha hasn’t played since February but the centre-back is now closing in on a return to action in what is a very important campaign for him.
The 18-year-old sees his scholarship deal expire at the end of June and Arsenal will be faced with the decision regarding whether to offer him a professional contract.
Competition for places in the Arsenal U18 side is fierce at present, with coach Ken Gillard able to call upon a host of centre-backs including Zach Awe, Taylor Foran, Alex Kirk, Henry Jeffcott and Mazeed Ogungbo.
As a consequence, earning an extended stay at Arsenal won’t be an easy task for Sraha, but he will be determined to succeed and is impressive technically in addition to being able to make well-timed interceptions.
Sraha has been training with the first-team squad over the past couple of days as he nears a return and he knows that he will have to hit the ground running when he is back in action.