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According to BBC Sport, Arsenal prospect Xavier Amaechi has completed a move to German side Hamburg on a four-year deal.
The 18-year-old was a notable absentee from Arsenal’s pre-season tour to the USA this summer, and it was understood that it was down to his uncertain contract situation that the decision was taken to leave him at home.
The starlet had just one year remaining on his existing deal and had shown no willingness to sign an extension over concerns that his pathway into the first-team was not clear-cut.
Now, the report has confirmed that Amaechi has joined Hamburg for a reported £2.25m plus performance-related add-ons, whilst the Gunners have a sell-on clause but no buy-back option on the winger.
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Amaechi had been one of Arsenal’s most highly-rated academy players for some time, but his contract stand-off certainly didn’t help him convince the Gunners hierarchy that he was deserving of a first-team place.
Instead, 17-year-old Bukayo Saka seemingly overtook him in the pecking order, so much so that Unai Emery took him on this summer’s pre-season tour and gave him a prominent role. Indeed, other than Saka, the Gunners also have the likes of Reiss Nelson and Gabriel Martinelli amongst their books as young and exciting wide options, so the talent is certainly there.
It is near enough impossible to keep everyone happy, and as the old saying goes, you win some and you lose some. Whilst Amaechi’s exit may initially be seen as a disappointing loss, the Gunners’ burgeoning academy will certainly help to erase any painful memories.