It’s the third youth/Academy departure of the day to report on as the club have confirmed Mark McGuinness has joined Cardiff City in a permanent deal.
The Republic of Ireland U21 defender spent last season on loan at Ipswich Town, making 26 appearances for the League One side.
He’s been with the club for 10 years, and via his Instagram account sent a message, saying:
“What a 10 years it’s been at Arsenal!
“I would like to thank everyone involved at the club, players, staff and the supporters.
“I wish everyone the best of luck i the future, and I’ll always be looking out for the Gunners❤️”
Speaking to the Cardiff City site, he said, “As soon as a Club like Cardiff City were interested I was excited and I couldn’t miss this opportunity.
“It’s nice to get everything sorted early on and hopefully I can meet the boys and get going.
“My job is to stop the ball going into the back of the net. I love heading and I love defending.
“It’s a great opportunity for me to learn and improve in the next few years at the club.”
Best of luck to Mark McGuinness, and who knows, perhaps our paths will cross at some pint in the future.