16 youngsters released by Arsenal - Where are they now?

What happened to the youngsters released by Arsenal this summer?

Arsenal this week tied up a deal to sign 15-year-old Swedish starlet Kristopher Da Graca, but signing with the club's academy is no guarantee he will make it into the first team.

Just ask the 16 youngsters released from their contracts by the club this summer.

With the season well underway, we have taken a look at where each of them landed up and how they are getting on...

Elton Monteiro

Called into the Gunners' League Cup squad a year ago, the centre-back departed in the summer. The Swiss 19-year-old signed a three-year deal with Belgian side Club Brugges in the summer, but is yet to make a competitive first team appearance.

Jordan Wynter

Wynter was offered a new contract at the Emirates but turned it down for a chance to play first team football at Bristol City. The London born 19-year-old defensive midfielder has made five appearances to date for the League One side scoring once.

Craig Eastmond

22-year-old Craig Eastmond did make it into Arsenal's first team, making 10 appearances between 2009 and 2011, but spent the rest of his time at the Gunners out on loan. After being released he signed with Colchester United, where he had spent last season, and has made 11 appearances from midfield, providing three assists.

Martin Angha

Angha played 90 minutes in Arsenal's 6-1 win over Coventry last season in the League Cup. In the summer he signed in Germany with Bundesliga club Nuremburg, choosing to do rather than renew at the Emirates. He has made one appearance for them this season, a two-minute cameo off the bench.

Kyle Ebecilio

Another who turned down a chance to stay at Arsenal, under-21 star Ebecilio joined Eredivisie side FC Twente, lured by the prospect of regular football. The 19-year-old midfielder scored on his first start, and has two in 11 appearances, becoming a regular, also winning a call-up into the Dutch under-21 squad.

Sanchez Watt

Once the 'next-big-thing' at Arsenal, 22-year-old Sanchez Watt failed to kick on and prove himself capable of stepping up and was regularly sent out on loan. Released this summer he signed for Colchester United along with Eastmond. He has made five appearances to date, with one assist.

Conor Henderson

Ireland under-21 international Henderson's time at Arsenal was disturbed by a cruciate knee ligament injury hampering his progress, and a fresh start was seen as his best chance of success. He was picked up by Steve Bruce's Hull City and made his debut and only appearance to date from the bench in their League Cup win over Huddersfield Town.

James Shea

Goalkeeper James Shea was part of Arsenal's 2009 FA Cup winning side and has even made the bench for Champions League matches. However since being released the 22-year-old remains a free agent and is still looking for a club.

Jernade Meade

Meade appeared in the Champions League for Arsenal last season at left-back, but was overlooked thereafter and decided to try his luck as a free agent. The 20-year-old signed with Swansea City but has yet to make a first team appearance since joining.

Josh Rees

20-year-old winger Josh Rees is one of those released who is still searching for a club. The former England under-17 international had a trial with Cheltenham Town in June but to no avail and remains a free agent.

Nigel Neita

19-year-old striker Nigel Neita scored just one goal in 11 games for the under-21 side last season and was not offered a new deal. Almost four months on he is still searching for a new club.

Philip Roberts

Roberts, 19, signed a two-year deal Scottish side Falkirk and has made a positive early impression. The Irish winger has scored four goals in seven league games, and has five in 12 in all competitions and five assists.

Reice Charles-Cook

19-year-old goalkeeper Charles-Cook signed a one-year deal with League Two side Bury. A regular on the bench, he is still waiting for his first opportunity. 

Samir Bihmoutine

Moroccan left-back Bihmoutine was told at the end of last season he could leave Arsenal and played a trial game for Wolves - against the Gunners. The left-back was not successful in his efforts and is still searching for a new club.

Sead Hajrovic

Centre-back Sead Hajrovic signed a deal with Grasshoppers Zurich and it wasn't his only big decision. Having played for Switzerland under-20s, the country of his birth, he switched his allegiance to represent Bosnia under-21s. We wonder what Jack Wilshere would have to say about that? Hajrovic is still waiting for his first competitive appearance.

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