Saturday, May 25, 2024

Report: Arsenal still hope to keep Cozier-Duberry

According to Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal remain hopeful of persuading academy winger Amario Cozier-Duberry to stay at the club even though the 18-year-old has an offer to join Newcastle United.

Cozier-Duberry joined the Gunners in 2019 and progressed through the youth ranks before signing his first pro contract two years ago.

He’s since become an important member of Mehmet Ali’s under-21s scoring 13 goals and making 5 assists in 23 appearances this campaign.

With a low centre of gravity and lots of pace, Amario bears resemblance to Bukayo Saka in the way he operates as a winger, particularly how he enjoys cutting off the right flank to shoot with his left foot.

He’s long been tipped for a bright future at the top of the game and, according to the Evening Standard, is being followed by clubs in Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Scotland and Spain.

The challenge for the Gunners is showing Cozier-Duberry and his representatives that there’s a clear path to first team football. Despite being included on the bench for five senior matches last season, he’s not had the same opportunities this time around.

What’s more, with the aforementioned Saka setting the standards, he may be wondering how long he can wait for a shot at making his mark.

As a starting point, Arsenal may have to make the player an enticing financial offer and promise to arrange a suitable loan club for next year.

It’ll be interesting to see how things play out.

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Hope he stays, like Nwaneri has, and doesn’t go to another big club for a cash grab, like Hutchinson did

Johnny 4 Hats

Kind of easy to lose your shit over this stuff. But after seeing so many Arsenal starlets playing in League 2, Thailand and Costa Rica, I’m pretty zen about youth players.

Sometimes you pinch one – Biereth, Clarke, Fabregas.

Sometimes you lose one – Hutchinson, Musah, Okonkwo (very possibly).

In the words of Elton John – it’s the circle of life.

Johnny 4 Hats

Plus, if your agent is worth his 12.5% then he’s going to use leverage to get you a good deal.

Nwaneri stalled for months before declaring he’s a gooner through and through and was always going to sign.

In the words of Elton John – I’ve done lots of cocaine.


As long as he doesn’t let the sun go down on his career I suppose.

Medium Mozart

Given our previous disciplinary issues, we would need to be especially wary of playing ACD during Saturday Night fixtures…

Johnny 4 Hats

He’ll have defenders in his pocket, man.


Is less money in exchange for staying in top club much of a sacrifice?
It’s no sacrifice.
No sacrifice at all.

Johnny 4 Hats

If he’s being marked by Lisandro Martinez from a corner, he might say…

Hold me close now, tiny defender.

Bleeding gums Murphy



“Life is full of surprises, some good, some not so good”
– Pablo Escobar


Biereth is the one that stands out for me – would really like to see him get a bit of a run next season. Always liked the lad – big, strong, fast and has a bullet shot.

Johnny 4 Hats

I love Biereth! He just has such a presence. He looks confident and a stone cold killer.

Shouldn’t really put this sort of pressure on young shoulders but he looks like a very Haaland esque sort of striker.

But then again I thought Balogun should get game time at the Arsenal…


I hope that he stays too.

Speaking of Hutchinson, he’s apparently just won the young player of the year award for the Championship.


And there’s every chance that, like many other successful Chelsea loanees before him, he’ll come back to London and do absolutely nothing at this terrible club.

Johnny 4 Hats

More likely, and frustratingly, they’ll probably sell him for £12m off the back of this season.

Chelsea have always been good at shifting young players.


I think you need to replace the ‘i’ with an ‘a’ in your verb there, Mr Hats?


Hutchinson was the Championship Player of the Month for February, but he’s not in the shortlist for the young player of the year award (not yet assigned).


Yeah – he needs to give Omari a call and get an update on how that’s worked out for him.

David Hillier's luggage

The fact Fabrizio Romano is tweeting about the player’s situation suggests his agent is very much shop-windowing him. Hope he stays and gets a good loan, seemed to be the first in line to travel with the first team from the U21s for ages, so the coaching staff certainly see something in him.


If I were him, I’d stay, easy decision.
It’s his club, great history, doing fantastic now and a young ambitious team with excellent prospects.
Terrible advice for him if he’s been advised to chase the money.


All jokes aside I’m not sure it’s just about the money. Arteta hasn’t showed in the last two seasons that he’ll give academy prospects much of a chance, even in the uefa or league cups, or when we’re 4-0 up he’ll use them *extremely * rarely. I’d love him to stay, but if you were him what decision would you think might be best for your career? Even the rare prospects who’ve ‘made it’ so to speak like ESR and Nketiah and Nelson have stagnated and it’s not not so clear it was their best interest to stay. I’m not… Read more »


Interesting point that you make – and possibly my one and only crit of Mikel over the past 2 seasons… rotation which offers game time to young talent. Point is – he has, unfortunately, set a bit of a precedent with ESR, Reiss, Eddie and even Nwaneri, etc. Any young talent in our Academy must now be open to whisperings of ‘Arteta is too cautious with young talent’, ‘Bukayo was a one-off’, ‘you’ll be 23 before you even get a run in the side’. If we want to keep our talent – there needs to be a clear pathway to… Read more »


The bar has changed. Only elite level talent will be given a clear pathway. The trick now is how to monetise very good talents that wont make it with us but will at a top level elsewhere- selling, sell on clauses, buy backs etc for the benefit of the club and the player

Death by 300,000 Passes

And again we come to the “Arteta and the young Gunners” saga. I understand the narrative that it is hard to give minutes within a first team that is on such a high level, but I believe that, as hard as it is, Arteta needs to find a way to do that. Otherwise we can not only lose all of the young talented players, but will undermine the prestige of our academy in general. And also, let’s face it, it is not impossible, and it CAN – Klopp has and is doing it, Pep as well — all while being… Read more »


If good enough they will make it .
Seriously only Wilshere made it of the fa youth Cup team we had and here was best platform .
If their good enough they will force their way into team.
Any of the supposed next superstars, will never be made unless they consistently performing in training and then manager gradually introduces them it’s not Roy of Rovers just breaks through into first team and run the show.
Arteta deserves more respect than that, he’s developed a winning culture from dedication and hard work

Teryima Adi

Arteta doesn’t trust youth that much, truth must be told: I wish he does. He’s a brilliant coach no doubt, but he needs to play more Hale Enders just like Klopp does at Anfield with the youths. Nwaneri and Duberry are talents that can make it at Arsenal if managed well.


And Biereth, Walters, Okonkwo, etc


Agreed – see my comment above.


To be honest, regardless of how talented he is, it requires huge luck to make it. If we look at how youngsters usually burst into the scene, it often requires injuries in the first team or signing for sort of ‘tier 2’ European teams like Benfica/Dortmund/Roma.


Dortmund a tier two team? They’re in the Champion’s League final!

A Different George

That’s to their great credit. They have a huge stadium, rabid supporters, and a great history. But they are, without doubt, a selling team–a club whose best players go elsewhere when they become big stars. I don’t see how you can think of a club as “first-tier” when that is true.


They’re in the CL final. Ahead of us, PSG, Bayern, Citeh…


Spurs got into a champions league final not all that long ago…


Agent talk , fabrizo was slipped a £50 to drop this one . Young lad wanting a better contract at the best spot in Europe for young players just now . Fine player hope he makes it but a loan to Ipswich or promoted team be ideal to cut his teeth. Norton Cuffy and Biereth should be around squad next year but it’s hard , credit to Clarke he’s done well with Ipswich but so did Matt Connelly, Luke Ayling, Luke Freeman, Chuba Akpom, Chuck Aneke, Mcguinness etc before them but he’s so young as nice sign on with us… Read more »

Death by 300,000 Passes

“… at the best spot in Europe for young players just now .”

Sorry, but why do you think that we are the best place for young players now? Yes, if you are young, good and already have experience – definitely, but for unexperienced youngsters that need development?


If good enough will make it .
Seriously only Wilshere made it of the fa youth Cup team we had and here was best platform .
If their f’N good enough they will force their way into team.
Any of the supposed next superstars will never be found unless they consistently performing in training and then manager gradually introduces them it’s not Roy of Rovers just breaks through into first team


The better the Arsenal squad becomes, the more competitive it becomes, the higher the technical level and the higher the fan’s’ expectations grow then the more difficult it’ll be for young players to break through, unless they’re exceptionally talented.

I’ll be surprised if any of the players that we have had out on loan this season actually make it to the 1st team at the Emirates.

Teryima Adi

Can’t he become Saka’s understudy for the foreseeable future?

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