Released Arsenal midfielder and England under-18 man in training with Italian side Ascoli

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Former Arsenal trainee Mark Randall is planning his next career move in Italy, after being released by Chesterfield.

A common complaint regarding young English footballers is that not enough ply their trade abroad.

One now 23-year-old is in fact looking to join the small number of Brits abroad by heading to Italy.

Mark Randall, formerly of Arsenal, is in training with Serie B side Ascoli.

Ascoli website VivereAscoli report: "On the morning of Saturday, August 24, joining the group was Mark Leonard Randall, former Arsenal midfielder born in '89. Followed by several clubs in Serie A and Serie B, will perform an audition with Ascoli Calcio."

Randall was once highly rated at Arsenal, playing alongside Jack Wilshere in the youth system at the club, and even making it into the first team.

He featured in the League Cup - even featuring in a semi-final as a substitute back in 2007 - the Premier League, and the Champions League.

His assist in a 6-0 League Cup win over Sheffield United saw Jack Wilshere score his first ever Arsenal goal; no doubt marking his name for the future as an obscure trivia quiz question.

Three fairly unproductive loans in the lower leagues of English football, to Burnley, MK Dons and Rotherham United saw his career stall, and in 2011 he was released by the club.

Randall, an international with England at under-17 and then under-18 levels, signed a permanent deal with League One side Chesterfield.

He made 16 league appearances in his first season, also setting up a goal in the club's Johnstone Paint Trophy Final win, but the side were unfortunately relegated.

Last season in League Two he saw more action, featuring in 29 league games, 34 in total, scoring twice and providing three assists, but was released by the club this summer.

Now as he seeks to continue his career in Italy, not only should that decision be admired - but Randall will hope for the best of luck too, and his adventure is one we shall continue to follow.

What do you remember of Randall? 

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