Released: Arsenal give up on 'dynamic' Leander Siemann - His choice?

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Arsenal have released Leander Siemann, a once highly regarded prospect.

Arsenal decided not to retain a number of players on their books last week, and unsurprisingly Nicklas Bendtner and Park Chu-Young were among them.

One young player it was perhaps more of a shock to see on the list was young German defender Leander Siemann.

The teenager's name may not resonate with many, but was once hotly tipped to make an impact at the club.

Siemann first came to Arsenal in 2011 aged just 15, where he switched from Hertha Berlin's youth team, costing them £220,000.

Hertha's youth team manager Frank Vogel described him at the time as 'young, dynamic, and good at one on one's.'

He is still just 18, and had hoped to progress to the first team and one day emulate compatriot Per Mertesacker at centre-back.

Siemann had featured three times in the UEFA Youth League this season, and six times for the under-21s, showing he was making steady progress for a player of his age.

Was it the right move for Arsenal to let him go? That will remain to be seen, but as per reasons why he moved on, it may just have been his choice.

Siemann told in December how the Premier League was still 'quite far away' for him, and therefore it's natural to deduce the lure of first team football elsewhere would be a temptation.

To add to that he said at the time he had already been approached about switching clubs: "There have been requests from the first and second Bundesliga in Germany."

His time at Arsenal will have served him well in terms of a football education, and whoever made the decision to ultimately cut ties, the Gunners may one day look back and view that they should have done more to keep him.

It's in Siemann's interest to now go and prove that should be the case.

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