Stefan O’Connor has joined MVV Maastricht on a season long loan deal.
The 19 year old made his Arsenal debut in December 2014, coming on as a substitute in a 4-1 away win over Galatasaray in the Champions League.
Last season he had a brief spell at York City, playing four games in League Two. Mastricht play in the Eerste Divisie, the second tier of Dutch football, and their coach Ron Elsen welcomed his new signing.
He said: “With his imposing stature Stefan is a kopsterke central defender. And despite his height and physical, he has great athletic ability.
“Stefan already shows that he has not come into the picture for nothing at Crystal Palace and Arsenal with his 19-year.
“At his age to train with guys like Ramsey, Sanogo and Podolski is obviously a unique and valuable experience, like his Champions League debut.
“Stefan must be potentially further develop at MVV and compete to become even better. A logical step when you go from Arsenal promises to MVV one.”
He actually spoke more coherently than this, but sometimes a Google translation is better. I really want to know what a kopsterke central defender is. I think it could a central defender that can weave baskets from the entrails of enemy strikers.
Good luck to him out there, hopefully he can use all he’s learned from Yaya to be a success.