The highly rated Xavier Amaechi could leave Arsenal in the summer after a breakdown in contract talks as the Gunners look to secure his future at the club.
In recent seasons Arsenal have faced criticism for their handling of player contracts, with several key stars leaving the Gunners about that reason. This problem is now extending to the youngsters at the club as The Mirror reports of a possible departure for highly rated 18-year-old star Xavier Amaechi.
Arsenal have been reportedly trying to extend his deal at the club, which expires at the end of next season. The youngster is touted to have a big future at the club after impressing in the Under-23 setup. The midfielder scored four goals and set up five assists in 14 games for the Under-23 side, and seems desperate to play for Unai Emery’s first team.
Additionally, the report suggests the player was left unhappy at Emery’s decision to exclude him from the matchday squad for the Europa League Final. Both finalists were allowed an extended bench of 12 players and Amaechi was left disappointed at not being there. The fact that young goalkeeper, Dejan Iliev was on the bench despite Bernd Leno’s presence is what made Amaechi unhappy.
On the positive side Arsenal still have the option to integrate Amaechi into the first team set up for next season with one year remaining on his current contract. Emery will be under some pressure to include him in pre-season games. The youngster was hoping to get the treatment as fellow players such as Joe Willock, Emile Smith-Rowe, Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah.
Arsenal are under pressure, with several clubs reportedly circling the player. Most notably it is Bayern Munich’s name that has been thrown into the mix. The Bundesliga Champions are looking for alternatives after their primary target Calum Hudson-Odoi was injured for the long term.
In recent times, there has been increased interest from Bundesliga sides in young British talent. Jadon Sancho headlines the many players who decided to leave British shores for German football. Reiss Nelson, who has enjoyed a successful season at Hoffenheim is a clear example of how British players are faring in the German league.
In the end, Amaechi might be able to decide where he wants to play his football next season. Further refusal to deal with the Gunners might force the club to cash in on the player when the interest in high. In case he decides to stay, then his performances in training and when given a chance to play will be crucial.
A dip in standards will leave him hanging at the end of next season because no one would want to take the risk on an underperforming player.