It has been a very busy week for the Arsenal academy as far as outgoings are concerned, with four players having left in the past couple of days.
Perhaps the most surprising departure was that of Daniel Oyegoke, with the 18-year-old having rejected Arsenal’s offer of a professional contract.
Oyegoke is mainly a right-back but has been used in various positions including centre-back, left-back and in midfield.
A player with much potential, the England youth international was involved with the first-team in pre-season last year, but thankfully Arsenal have another right-back prospect to call upon in Brooke Norton-Cuffy.
On Monday Mark McGuinness, who also played for the first-team in pre-season, moved to Cardiff City in a permanent deal.
The centre-back has shown significant signs of improvement over the past couple of years and gained experience on loan at Ipswich Town last season.
Another centre-back has also departed in Zech Medley, who has signed for KV Oostende in Belgium. Medley, who made three competitive first-team appearances for Arsenal, had loan spells with Gillingham and Kilmarnock.
Finally, winger Trae Coyle moved to Swiss side Lausanne-Sport. Like Medley, Coyle was on loan at Gillingham for the first half of last season, but he returned halfway through the season and finished the campaign with Arsenal U23s.
It is anticipated that there could be several more departures from the academy over the next couple of months, with Arsenal having a significant amount of youth players at their disposal.
As is the case with some of the aforementioned youngsters, Arsenal may end up losing some talented prospects along the way, although in some cases it is necessary for players to move on for the sake of their development.