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Added on: 16th Mar 2016



James Shea

Goalkeeper James Shea remained an Arsenal player until

2013 when he was forced to drop into non-league football

to kick-start his career after unsuccessful loans at

Southampton and Dagenham & Redbridge. Shea's

impressive form at Harrow Borough earned him a move back

to the professional game in 2014, joining League Two's

AFC Wimbledon where he's been number one ever since.




Craig Eastmond

​Craig Eastmond made as many as 10 first-team appearances

for Arsenal in the two seasons that followed the 2009

Youth Cup triumph, including four in the Premier League.

But his future ultimately lay elsewhere. A loan to Colchester

became permanent in 2013 and Eastmond later joined Yeovil Town.

He has since dropped into non-league football with

Sutton United in 2015.




Kyle Bartley

​Kyle Bartley's Arsenal career came to an end when he joined

Swansea in 2012 after just one senior Gunners appearance to

his name - as a substitute in a Champions League game

against Olympiacos. Prior to leaving North London, the

defender had played regularly during loan spells at Sheffield

United and Rangers. However Bartley has mostly been a

backup in south Wales.




Luke Ayling

Regular football in the lower leagues awaited London-born

Luke Ayling when he was let go by Arsenal in 2010. The

defender joined Yeovil and went on to play nearly 200 games

for the club at League One and Championship level.

Ayling was then an important part of Bristol City's promotion

back to the second tier in 2014/15 and has since remained a

regular with the Robins in the Championship.




Thomas Cruise

Thomas Cruise was handed his senior Arsenal debut in the

same Champions League game as Kyle Bartley - his sole taste

of first-team football at his boyhood team. He later struggled

to find a club, going on trial with Sampdoria, Scunthorpe

and New England Revolution. Cruise eventually signed with

Torquay United in 2012. Unfortunately a knee injury ended his

2014/15 season early and he hasn't had a club since his

release in the summer.




Henri Lansbury

Ultimately not deemed good enough by Arsenal, Henri Lansbury

has at least forged himself a promising career at Championship

level, so far making well over 100 appearances for

Nottingham Forest since joining the club in 2012. Before then, the

midfielder had played eight times for the Gunners at first-team

level, scoring once, and also spent time on loan with Scunthorpe,

Watford, Norwich and West Ham.




Emmanuel Frimpong

​A player far more popular and famous than his on-field talent

would suggest, Emmanuel Frimpong is something of a cult

figure in English football. The Ghanaian played a total of 16

first-team games for Arsenal, interspersed with loans at

Wolves, Charlton and Fulham. Frimpong left the Emirates

for good in 2014 when he signed for Barnsley for an

undisclosed fee. Later that year he moved to FC Ufa in

Russia where he's encountered racial abuse and his career

appears to have stalled.




Francis Coquelin

​For a long time Francis Coquelin looked like he would head the

same way as most of his 2009 Youth Cup colleagues and

ultimately leave Arsenal with just a handful of senior

appearances to his name. But after loans at Lorient,

Freiburg and Charlton were nothing special, Coquelin has

firmly established himself as an invaluable asset back in

North London. His big break finally came in December 2014

because of an injury crisis and he grabbed it with both hands.




Jack Wilshere

​One of the younger members of the Class of 2009, Jack Wilshere

was the biggest in the group having already made his first-team

debut at the age of just 16 - becoming Arsenal's

youngest ever league player in the process. After a successful

loan spell at Bolton the following year, Wilshere quickly

established himself as a first-team regular with the Gunners.

However, a string of long-term injuries have wrecked his

career to date and he's actually yet to play in 2015/16.




Gilles Sunu

French forward ​Gilles Sunu was plucked from the Châteauroux

academy by Arsenal in 2007 for a fee reported to be worth up

to £1m. But he was gone again only four years later after

just two senior appearances and loans at Derby and Lorient.

Lorient signed Sunu permanently in 2011 and he's been playing

regularly for the Ligue 1 surprise package Angers since

the summer.




Jay Emmanuel-Thomas

The captain of the side, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas ultimately had

to drop down the league ladder to get his senior career going.

The striker had made just five first-team appearances for

Arsenal by the time he was sold to Ipswich in 2011, having

earlier been on loan at Blackpool, Doncaster and Cardiff.

Emmanuel-Thomas' goals later helped Bristol City win promotion

back to the Championship last season - as a teammate of

ex-Gunners colleague Luke Ayling - earning him a summer

move to QPR. He's since joined MK Dons on loan.




Honourable Mentions

Sanchez Watt (pictured) - Actually started the second leg of the

final in place of Emmanuel Frimpong. Later joined several

Football League clubs on loan before being released in 2013.

Has been with Kerala Blasters in India since 2015.


Rhys Murphy - The striker left Arsenal for the Dutch Eerste Divisie in

2012 where he scored seven goals for Telstar. Now on loan at

Grimsby from Oldham after a spell with Dagenham.


Conor Henderson - Has found it tough to establish himself

anywhere since failing to make the grade at Arsenal. Joined

Grimsby from Crawley Town on a permanent deal in January 2016.


Cedric Evina - The Cameroonian left-back never played for the

Gunners first-team and later played for Oldham and Charlton.

Has been a regular at Doncaster in League One this season.


Oğuzhan Özyakup - Now a star at Besiktas, who he joined from

Arsenal in 2012, the Dutch-born central midfielder is also a full

Turkish international with 13 caps to his name since 2013.


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