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Arsenal Developmental TeamArsenal Development Team/Squad – Under-23s, Under-21s, Under-19s and Under-18s

Arsenal Development Team/Squad? The Arsenal developmental team comprises of the Under-23s, Under-21s, Under-19s and Under-18s. It is filled with young players who are learning the game and slowly growing from one age group to another.

The old reserve league was replaced by the new Under-23 nationwide league from the 2012/13 season. Previously it was seasoned professionals who got to feature in the reserve side to prove themselves to the coaches along with the club’s young players.

How it works:

Now, with a separate system for the Under-23s, Under-21s and lower age groups, the younger players have a fairer shot at breaking through to the club’s senior side.

A small number of ‘over-age’ players who are established in the first-team can be selected on occasions like when returning from injury or in need of match fitness.

The Arsenal academy is based out of Hale End, London, England. The academy teams play in the Professional Developmental League which is the highest level of youth football in England.

The club also takes part in the FA Youth Cup and UEFA Youth League competitions and is currently managed by ex-Arsenal defender, Per Mertesacker.

Arsenal Developmental Team/Squad – Under-23 Team

Take note that the Arsenal developmental team/squad are always changing with players getting promoted and discharged before, after and even during an on-going season.

No. Position Player
36 DF Daniel Ballard
38 DF Tolaji Bola
39 DF Cohen Bramall
40 MF Robbie Burton
43 MF Charlie Gilmour
44 GK Dejan Iliev
47 DF Zech Medley
49 FW Eddie Nketiah
50 DF Joseph Olowu
51 DF Tobi Omole
52 DF Jordi Osei-Tutu
53 DF Julio Pleguezuelo
54 MF Ben Sheaf
56 DF Dominic Thompson
57 MF Nathan Tormey
59 MF Joe Willock
60 MF Gedion Zelalem
66 FW Xavier Amaechi
69 MF Harrison Clarke
70 MF Trae Coyle
72 FW Tyreece John-Jules
86 GK Arthur Okonkwo
87 FW Bukayo Saka
Out On Loan
37 DF Krystian Bielik (on loan to Charlton Athletic)
45 GK Matt Macey (on loan to Plymouth Argyle)
55 MF Emile Smith Rowe (on loan to RB Leipzig)
48 MF Reiss Nelson (on loan to Hoffenheim)
98 MF Kelechi Nwakali (on loan to FC Porto B

Arsenal Developmental Squad Manager

International Arsenal Academy Graduates

As you know, Arsenal have produced a lot of talented players who have gone on to represent themselves at the highest level of football. However, nothing speaks of the system’s success than to see their very own players take the pitch for their own countries.

Here we take a look at all the Arsenal academy graduates who have gone on to represent their countries in the international stage:

International Academy Graduates
 Ismaël Bennacer
 Anton Blackwood
 Neil Kilkenny
 Matt Joseph
 Georgios Efrem
 Peggy Lokando
 Nicklas Bendtner
 Tony Adams
 David Bentley
 Jay Bothroyd
 Danny Clapton
 Andy Cole
 Ashley Cole
 Leslie Compton
 Charlie George
 Kieran Gibbs
 Ray Kennedy
 Martin Keown
 Paul Merson
 Arthur Milton
 Ray Parlour
 John Radford
 Graham Rix
 David Rocastle
 Len Shackleton
 Lionel Smith
 Peter Storey
 Michael Thomas
 Jack Wilshere
 Ingi Højsted
 Serge Gnabry
 Emmanuel Frimpong
 Quincy Owusu-Abeyie
 Stefán Gíslason
 Graham Barrett
 Liam Brady
 John Devine
 Keith Fahey
 David O’Leary
 Frank O’Neill
 Niall Quinn
 Pat Scully
 Frank Stapleton
 Anthony Stokes
 Narada Bernard
 Alban Bunjaku
 Alex Iwobi
 Colin Hill
 Steve Morrow
 Terry Neill
 Sammy Nelson
 Pat Rice
 Dean Shiels
 Wojciech Szczęsny
 Alfred Mugabo
 Paul Dickov
 Alex Forsyth
 Richard Hughes
 Armand Traoré
 Sebastian Larsson
 Johan Djourou
 Oğuzhan Özyakup
 Gavin Hoyte
 Justin Hoyte
 Frank Simek
 Ray Daniel
 Mal Griffiths
 Andy Marriott
 Hal Robson-Kanu
 Tom Walley
 Rhys Weston

Find out more details about each age group below.

Arsenal Developmental Team/Squad –  Achievements

Arsenal‘s Academy or Arsenal developmental team is one of the most distinguished and successful in England. Not only are they known for producing quality talents but also cause of the sheer number of trophies they have collected at this level.

They have won 7 FA Youth Cups and 6 Premier Academy League titles only to name a few. Take a look below at all of the Arsenal Academy’s achievements:

  • Football & London Combination: 18
1922–23, 1926–27, 1927–28, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1930–31, 1933–34, 1934–35, 1936–37, 1937–38, 1938–39, 1946–47, 1950–51, 1962–63, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1983–84, 1989–90
  • Football Combination Cup: 3
1952–53, 1967–68, 1969–70
  • London FA Challenge Cup: 7
1933–34, 1935–36, 1953–54, 1954–55, 1957–58, 1962–63, 1969–70
  • Kent League: 1
  • West Kent League: 3
1900–01, 1901–02, 1902–03
  • London League First Division: 3
1901–02, 1903–04, 1906–07
  • Kent Junior Cup: 1
  • London Professional Mid-Week League: 2
1931–32, 1952–53
  • Eastern Counties League: 1
  • Metropolitan League: 3
1958–59, 1960–61, 1962–63
  • Metropolitan League Cup: 2
1960–61, 1965–66
  • Metropolitan League Professional Cup: 2
1960–61, 1961–62
Arsenal Developmental Squad TrophiesAcademy
  • Professional Development League & Premier Academy League: 6 (record)
1997–98 (U18), 1999–00 (U17), 2001–02 (U19), 2008–09 (U18), 2009–10 (U18), 2015–16 (Play-Off Winners) (U21)
  • FA Youth Cup: 7
1965–66, 1970–71, 1987–88, 1993–94, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2008–09
  • Premier League National Cup: 1
  • South East Counties League: 4
1955–56, 1964–65, 1971–72, 1990–91
  • South East Counties League Cup: 6
1959–60, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1963–64, 1970–71, 1979–80
  • Southern Junior Floodlit Cup: 5
1962–63, 1965–66, 1984–85, 1990–91, 1997–98
  • London Minor FA Cup: 1
  • NextGen Series: 2012–13 Fourth place

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