Young Gun Recruitment

Whilst Arsene Wenger has been quiet in the transfer market with regards the first team, the same cannot be said with the youth recruitment programme.

Arsenal have signed Jamie Edge a centre half from Cheltenham Town. The youngster is 15 years old and will be one of many additions to the youth set up this summer.

Arsenal’s second youth signing was Martin Angha another centre half, who previously played for FC Zurich.  Some reports state that Angha will play with FC Zurich until January. 

Arsenal returned to Switzerland to secure the signing of another centre half, 16-year-old defender Sead Hajrovic from Grasshoppers for a fee of around £300,000.  This makes three centre backs for Steve Bould to add to another great defender in Ignasi Miguel. 

Arsenal are also looking closely at three forwards.  Frank Noble, who has left Chelsea’s academy and could be heading for Arsenal is the first.  Flumenese’s young striker Wellington is in England and a decision will be made this week.  Any deal will see the youngster go on loan to UD Salamanca for the next two years.  Wellington was in England in January, so the coaching staff know what to expect.

The third is FK Bubamara striker Veljko Batrović.  He has been invited to Arsenal for a trial, however the club Chairman Budom Miranović sees this as a mere formality as he stated on recently:

“Nothing is specified, but it is almost certain that Veljko will soon become a member of Arsenal’s Academy.”

“Nothing is yet finished, but Veljko will go to a club with the strongest agreement, not only for Bubamara, but for Montenegro football in general. The details we’ll talk about when the time comes.”

These will not be the only additions to the youth team, as Arsenal are expected to complete the signing of Feyenoord winger Luc Castaignos in the coming weeks.

Posted on July 20, 2009, in Reserves & Youths, Transfers and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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