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In the middle of the Athletic’s (subscription required) Brilliant in-depth article on the impact of Brexit on Premier League transfers and the influx of under-18 arrivals this summer, some worrisome news spilled out regarding Arsenal.
Athletic reports that Arsenal, and North London rivals Spurs, were defeated by the signing of 16-year-old Lamare Bogarde by Aston Villa.
Many Premier League clubs were active when it came to recruiting players under 18 from Europe this summer as this represented the last chance before Brexit rules arrived.
It is not explicitly stated why the versatile defensive midfielder chose not to join the Gunners, but Athletic noted Villa’s very aggressive approach and search for talent.
Arsenal did a handful of their own business at the youth level, with quite a few low-key talents arriving like George Lewis and Tim Akinola after their release from Huddersfield.
Bogarde is international at the U16 level for the Netherlands and has recently been promoted to U23 action by villains in Premier League 2.