Sunderland have announced the transfer of youngster, Sam Greenwood.
The 16-year-old has decided to leave the Stadium of Light despite being offered of scholarship terms, as he believes that his career will be on a better trajectory if he moves to the Emirates Stadium. The striker has also been linked to Manchester United, but decided to move to North London given the club’s recent history of promoting from the academy; after Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah made a breakthrough last term.
Labelled one of the brightest youngsters in England, Greenwood will now be looking to develop in the Arsenal academy. After a busy transfer window that has seen the arrivals of Bernd Leno Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Lucas Torreira, Unai Emery has turned his attention to buying youngsters that can have impact in the next two years.
The club also announced the signing of Matteo RGuendouz, the 19-year-old French midfielder from Ligue 2 outfit, Lorient.
Greenwood took to Instagram to express delight at the move. He said, “Today is the start of a new chapter in my life signing for Arsenal and I can’t wait to get started, I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead,” he posted on Instagram.
“Leaving Sunderland after 10 years, the club I love and support was a very hard decision. “I have met some special people along the way, big thanks to Sunderland and all coaches past and present for everything they have done for me. “I will never forget my roots.”
Greenwood is a striker that excelled for the Sunderland U16s and U18s last year.