An Arsenal corner flag. Arsenal Women v Everton Ladies WSL football match, Meadow Park, Borehamwood, UK - 21 Apr 2019 Photo: Kate Green for The FA

Arsenal opt against running 2020/2021 academy trials due to Covid-19 pandemic

Arsenal have announced that they will not be running any open trials for their academy sides ahead of the 2020/2021 campaign due to the current situation created by Coronavirus pandemic.

With question marks over when academy football will be able to resume and the need for increased safety measures, The Gunners have moved quickly to announce that no open trials will be taking place this summer.

Arsenal have revealed via an update on their official club website that they have opted to retain the services of most of their current crop of academy stars, leaving their academy sides with good squad numbers ahead of the potential start of the 2020/2021 campaign in the latter half of this year. Individual players may still be invited for trials should spaces become available within the club’s academy system.

The North Londoners have improved in the WSL Academy League this season. The Gunners finished in sixth in 2018/2019 but find themselves in fourth this term. Despite boasting a plethora of international talent in their first team, Arsenal are keeping faith in their young players. Midfield duo Melisa Filis and Ruby Grant are just a couple of examples of academy players who have made the step up to the senior side in recent times.

With football finances being severely hit by the Coronavirus pandemic and the UK falling into a deep recession, clubs could rely on developing their own players more than ever before.

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