Arsenal have handed a trial to youngster Felix Ferahyan following his spell with Manchester United, reports The Daily Mail.
Arsene Wenger may have thrown caution to the wind with regards to the Arsenal first team, signing Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy for a combined estimated fee of £50 million, but that has not changed anything with regards to his youth policy.
One thing Wenger has been famed for at Arsenal is revolutionising their youth system and they have reaped the benefits ever since. The likes of Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs both came through the academy while a number of stars, brought in at academy level, have also developed into stars.
Wenger has continued in that vein with regards to Ferahyan, who is a highly-rated goalkeeper. The 15-year-old has been invited to train at Arsenal's London Colney after he evidently failed to impress under similar circumstances with Manchester United.
With Damien Martinez set to be promoted to the Arsenal first team as third choice, Ferahyan could replace him at the bottom ranks for Arsenal's under-18s and start the same path trod by the Argentinian.
Manchester United trial
The same report claims Manchester United invited the player to Carrington for a trial but it appears Louis van Gaal passed up to opportunity to sign him. Instead of returning to Finnish side Kuopion Palloseura, Arsenal have decided to take a closer look at him.
More Arsenal trialists
This news follows reports that Arsenal have also handed trials to Serbian teenager Mladen Micanovic and Barcelona's Georgios Spanoudakis. It was originally reported by Metro that Arsenal had completed a deal for the latter only for it to be later realised he is only in north London for a trial.
Even so, it is claimed that Arsenal's youth coaches have been thoroughly impressed with Spanoudakis, 15, and are keen to complete a permanent deal. As a creative midfielder, it won't take long the the German youth international to draw comparison with Arsenal's Mesut Ozil.
Past Arsenal recruits
The likes of Cesc Fabregas and Wojciech Szczesny were brought to the club as top prospects and claim important roles in the Arsenal first team. Similar paths may soon be to follow for Gedion Zelalem and Serge Gnabry, who both joined in similar circumstances.
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