Last summer there weren’t many departures from the Arsenal academy, with only a handful of players moving on, but the situation could be rather different this year.
Arsenal have 39 youngsters on professional contracts as well as a further 19 on scholarship contracts, and that is before next season’s scholarship intake is even considered.
Therefore, it is possible that a significant amount of players could move on.
One player who falls into that category is defender Levi Laing, who had the unusual experience of playing against Arsenal U18s yesterday despite still being contracted to the club.
Laing has been informed that he is unlikely to be offered a professional contract when his scholarship deal expires at the end of June and is currently on trial at West Ham United.
Forward Luke Plange could also be let go along with centre-back Jason Sraha.
With regards to the more high-profile youngsters, Folarin Balogun’s future remains unresolved, and there is also increasing uncertainty regarding whether the club will be able to keep Kido Taylor-Hart, with the talented winger yet to sign a professional deal.
Ben Sheaf is on loan at Coventry City and is likely to depart permanently, while Joseph Olowu, who is seeing out the season on loan at Wealdstone, is poised to be let go.
Jordi Osei-Tutu has seen his loan spell at Cardiff City ruined by injuries, and, at the age of 22, his time at Arsenal could soon be coming to an end.
Left-back Tolaji Bola and goalkeeper Deyan Iliev are also possible candidates to depart in what could be a rather busy summer at academy level.
It will also be interesting to see whether the club persist with their new policy of loaning out a host of youngsters, with the likes of Ben Cottrell and Joel Lopez amongst the candidates to head out on temporary transfer next season.