Arsenal release 10 young players

Sanchez Watt
Sanchez Watt is one of 10 players released by the Club

Arsenal Football Club will release 10 young professionals at the end of their contracts on June 30.

Conor Henderson, Jernade Meade, Sanchez Watt, James Shea, Reice Charles-Cook, Sead Hajrovic, Philip Roberts, Nigel Neita, Samir Bihmoutine and Josh Rees will all be free to join other clubs from July 1.

Henderson, Meade and Watt all made first-team appearances for Arsenal.

Henderson, 21, made his one senior outing in an FA Cup replay against Leyton Orient in 2010/11. He has also represented the Republic of Ireland at under-21 level.

Meade, a regular in the Arsenal reserve and under-21 sides for the past two seasons, made two appearances for the first team last term. After helping the Gunners to a 7-5 League Cup victory over Reading in October, the 20-year-old full back marked his full debut with an assured display at Olympiacos in December.

Watt - part of the 2009 FA Youth Cup-winning side - featured three times for the senior team in 2009/10 and has gained competitive experience in loan spells with Colchester United, Crawley Town, Sheffield Wednesday, Leeds United and Southend United. A pacy striker, Watt scored five times in nine appearances for the under-21s last term.

Islington-born goalkeeper Shea was another fixture of the 2009 FA Youth Cup-winning side. He joins fellow keeper Charles-Cook in departing the Club this summer.

Hajrovic, who won the Under-17 World Cup with Switzerland in 2009, has been a regular for Arsenal’s reserve and under-21 sides for a number of seasons and made his senior level bow on loan with Barnet in League Two in 2011/12.

Roberts spent the 2012/13 season on loan with Inverness Caledonian Thistle, adapting well to first-team football with 23 appearances for the Scottish Premier League side.

Young forward Nigel Neita, called up to the full Jamaica squad last year, earned opportunities at under-21 level for Arsenal too, as did left-back Bihmoutine and midfielder Rees.

Everyone at Arsenal would like to thank these players for their contributions to the Club and wish them well in their future careers.

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