The clearout begins as Arsenal’s first two transfers officially confirmed

At last we have some positive Arsenal transfer news in the summer window, with our first outgoing deals having now been officially confirmed by the club.

The moves of Zech Medley to Oostende and Trae Coyle to Lausanne are not going to bring in much in the way of funds but it takes two players off our books that have failed to make a breakthrough into the senior squad at age 20.

With the ridiculous number of centre-backs that Mikel Arteta has to choose from, Medley was hardly going to get his League debut if he stayed at the Emirates. The 20 year-old hardly set the world alight on loan terms at League One Gillingham or in the Scottish League with Kilmarnock, so it is probably for the best that he looks for regular football further afield.

Coyle was also on loan at Gillingham at the same time, and managed two goals in 13 games in League One, but obviously not impressive enugh to generate offers from any big clubs.

In their farewell message to Medley, Arsenal.com described how close he came to getting into the Gunners first team. They said: Joining our academy in December 2016 from Chelsea, Zech captained the under-18s at the beginning of the 2017/18 season, before becoming a regular in the under-23s.

During his time with us, Zech regularly trained with the first-team squad and in October 2018, he was named in the first team matchday squad, and was an unused sub for the home Premier League match against Leicester City. A month later, he made his senior competitive debut in the Europa League against Vorskla Poltava in Ukraine, coming on as a 60th-minute substitute.

So it just remains to say farewell to Zech and Trae and we wish them all the best in there new ventures…

Tags Trae Coyle zech medley

10 Comments

  1. Awhy says:

    Why do we celebrate clear out lately as if it strengthens the team. We tend to celebrate departure of players to cover up for lack of quality additions. Sad

    1. siamois says:

      👍

    2. Leslie Norman Upenyu Ndanga says:

      Its so sad to see them leaving in more numbers against nothing coming to us.

  2. Sue says:

    Plus Mark Mcguinness has joined Cardiff City on a permanent deal. Have to say I’m gutted about this… I’m hoping there’s some sort of clause included.

    Good luck to him, Trae and Zech. The exodus continues…

    1. Ba Elkhirsawy says:

      Yes, Mark is very promising. I hope there is a buy-back or priority clause if he leaves Cardiff.
      I thought he woukd go on loan only 🙁

      1. Sue says:

        I did too, Ba. An excellent piece of business for Cardiff

      2. Sue says:

        Apparently all 3 of these were free transfers with sell-on clauses inserted

  3. S.J says:

    Lokonga news hitting up. Hope it turns out to be a good signing if it is completed

  4. Timothy Gang says:

    It’s not the clearout that matters,no clauses included, having game time is good for development in football for this guys. Well let’s see what the future holds for them and hope we don’t regret just like Serge gnarbry.

  5. Ephraim says:

    I think there’s supposed to be a clause attached to this fellows, once they have a game time, their future will be promising…

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