Ex-Arsenal UEFA Golden Player nets first home goal for new club

Former Arsenal youngster Kyle Ebecilio was on target again for Holland at the weekend.

Moving to Arsenal as a young player from abroad is an exciting yet scary prospect, but leaving the Gunners is an even scarier one.

Just ask Fran Merida who signed from Barcelona, before heading to Atletico Madrid after growing impatient and homesick, but last played in Spain for Hercules and is now trying to salvage his career in Brazil.

Attacking midfielder Kyle Ebecilio is one who will be hoping for better luck, after returning to Holland in the summer.

Ebecilio signed for Arsenal in 2010, with Chelsea also interested in his signature. The attacking midfielder enhanced his reputation at the 2011 under-17 European Championships - voted the tournament's Golden Player for his performances.

Ebecilio made eight appearances for the under-21 side last season at Arsenal, scoring three goals in the process, but decided he wanted first team football now, and not later.

So after a protracted decision making process in the summer, he decided to move to FC Twente - and right now it is looking really good.

Still just 19, Ebecilio scored on his first start in a 4-1 win away Waalwijk back in August, and followed in up in mid-September away to Heracles.

Two months on, he has bagged his third goal for his new club - in a 5-2 home win over NAC Breda at the weekend.

His dream of playing regularly is coming true, already playing 15 times for Twente this season. The central midfielder has also as a result been elevated into the Dutch under-21 squad, winning all four caps since moving to his new side.

At this point we really doubt he is regretting leaving the Gunners, and all credit to him for seizing his opportunities. There could just be bigger and better things still to come from Ebecilio, and a Premier League return in the future should not be ruled out.

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