While Vlad Dragomir’s future remains uncertain, Arsenal appear to have persuaded another talented young midfielder to commit himself to the club in Josh Dasilva.
Dasilva deliberated over signing a new contract with the Gunners but was in attendance in training with the U23 squad this week and seems set to remain with Arsenal for this season at least.
If, as expected, he stays at Arsenal, it will be intriguing to see what lies ahead for the 19-year-old in the new season.
Last campaign was a significant one for Dasilva as, after years of hard work at youth level, he finally became more involved with the first-team, featuring in three EFL Cup fixtures.
Dasilva’s progression at Arsenal has certainly been interesting as he has gone from a striker to a midfielder and has also demonstrated that he can make an impact as a left-back.
Possessing much in the way of power and flair, Dasilva seems ready for a loan spell and that would perhaps be the best option as if he was to remain at Arsenal it is difficult to envisage him receiving much game time.
Arsenal’s involvement in the Checkatrade Trophy would at least provide Dasilva with a chance to play competitive football of some sort, but he is at the stage in his development where he requires regular games.
At an English club in the lower divisions it can often be difficult for Arsenal youngsters to impose themselves, but Dasilva’s versatility would make him a useful asset to any club if he was to leave on temporary transfer.
Joe Willock is currently ahead of Dasilva in the pecking order at Arsenal, and the latter knows that it is now up to himself to prove his credentials and improve his chances of eventually making the breakthrough.
The fact that Dasilva hasn’t been involved in first-team training so far during pre-season suggests that there is still work to be done in order for him to get further opportunities and spending time away from Arsenal on a temporary basis this season may help him to get closer to succeeding.