Arsenal have confirmed that midfielder Ben Cottrell has joined Slovenian side NS Mura in a permanent deal.
Having joined the Gunners at the age of 8, Cottrell climbed through the ranks to become a regular for the under-18s and under-21s.
Mikel Arteta clearly rated the player and his progress was rewarded in December 2020 with an appearance off the bench in the 4-2 win away at Dundalk in the Europa League.
Cottrell will be the first Englishman to ever play for NS Mura; a side who beat Sp*rs in the Europa Conference League a couple of seasons ago.
It’s certainly an interesting move and in his first interview with his new club, he said:
“I’m delighted to be here and I can’t wait to join my new teammates in training. I know about the successes that the club has achieved in the past years and I hope that we have a good and successful season ahead of us, in which we will manage to qualify for the European competitions and also do well in the cup competition.
“I believe that I made the right decision to come to Mura, where I can progress and I promise that I will do everything to restore the trust of the club with successful games.”
Elsewhere, there have been loan moves for a couple more academy youngsters. Attacker Billy Vigar has joined Eastbourne Borough (and already opened his account against AFC Wimbledon) and goalkeeper Hubert Graczyk has joined Slough Town.