Harry Clarke is close to leaving Arsenal on loan with Ross County nearing a deal for the youngster.
According to the Daily Record, the Scottish Premiership side will sign the 20-year-old Arsenal talent on a season-long loan deal. Clarke spent last campaign with Oldham Athletic.
With the first team stocked with centre-backs and no weekly European football being contested, Clarke’s opportunities with the senior team would have been few and far between.
Moreover, the Gunners are on the verge of announcing the signing of Ben White from Brighton and Hove Albion. And Arsenal seem to know that their academy defenders are better off out on loan than staying with the U-23 side.
Numerous academy players have departed out on loan this summer. Defensive partner Dan Ballard has joined Championship side Millwall, whilst Tyreece John-Jules has this week signed for Blackpool for the season.
Clarke moving to Ross County will be the youngster’s second loan transfer away from Arsenal in two seasons.
The defender spent last season with Oldham where the defender impressed with the League Two side. The former Ipswich Town academy star made 35 appearances in total for the Latics, scoring once.
Insider View: Clarke loan to Ross County makes sense for Arsenal
Although the Gunners were poor at U-23 level last season, playing first-team football must be the number one priority for both the youngsters in the Arsenal youth sides and the coaches at the club developing the talent of tomorrow.
Indeed, it is why the likes of Nikolaj Moller and the aforementioned Ballard and John-Jules will spend the season playing first-team football. And the Gunners are making the right decision with Clarke, as well.
The defender is an England youth international and last season flourished with Oldham. And playing for a top-flight side in Scotland is a logical and exciting next step for Clarke in his career.
With regular first-team minutes, the youngster can develop well for Ross County this year.