Shock in the Emirates as another Arsenal striker exit club

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Arsenal have had some very impressive strikers at youth level in recent seasons, with Benik Afobe, Chuba Akpom and Eddie Nketiah among them.

Stephy Mavididi also falls into that category, but, now at the age of 20, he is getting to the point where he may have to consider his options for the benefit of his career.

Having made an encouraging start to his loan spell at Charlton Athletic in the second half of the 2016/17 season, Mavididi found his progress halted by injury.

The England youth international built up his fitness and then headed out on temporary transfer to Preston North End, where he struggled to make much of an impact, before returning to Charlton.

Mavididi’s second spell with the Addicks encompassed some encouraging moments, including his first senior goals, but he found it difficult to perform consistently and now returns to Arsenal with more questions than answers regarding his future.

The Hale End product wasn’t involved in first-team training yesterday, with Eddie Nketiah, a player who is younger than him, selected instead.

Last summer Mavididi was also not part of the first-team setup and he certainly won’t want to spend the upcoming season playing U23 football with perhaps the odd cup appearance thrown in.

Mavididi needs to be playing regularly in order to aid his development and at the moment he has very little chance of fulfilling that objective at Arsenal.

The youngster’s raw qualities are evident. He is excellent technically and can burst past opponents with ease, while he is also rather strong physically.

At times, however, Mavididi lacks composure in front of goal and Nketiah, at this stage at least, appears to possess significantly more potential.

The best option for Mavididi would surely be to go out on loan again and attempt to make a significant impact. Should he succeed in that regard then it may well cause Arsenal to consider giving him an opportunity, or alternatively it could lead to him securing a permanent deal elsewhere.

When he was rising through the ranks at Arsenal the future looked rather bright for Mavididi but it is often the case that, for various reasons, some young players don’t quite manage to make the breakthrough.

There is still some time for Mavididi but there will soon come a stage where he may have to consider leaving Arsenal permanently to further his development.



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