West Ham United have completed the signing of Arsenal U-18 captain George Dobson, who has joined for the Hammers after 10 years with us playing in various development squads, Arsenal.com confirmed.
Dobson, 17, is a central defender, and was predominantly used in the U-18 squad while also being part of the squad that competed in the UEFA youth league.
Dobson made his U-21 debut at the Emirates Stadium last season in a game which Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby also appeared in, and according to West Ham’s official site, the teenager was ‘highly rated’ by the club.
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“I had a great ten years with Arsenal and they helped me as a footballer and as a person. But the time is right to move and I cannot wait to get started,” Dobson told Whufc.com.
“I am over the moon to have signed and have been a West Ham fan since I was five-years-of -age and this is a surreal moment.”
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Whether or not Dobson made the move purely due to his allegiance towards West Ham is doubtful given that the lure of playing for a club like ours is an opportunity that many could only dream of.
At the age of 17, Dobson’s lack of appearances in the U-21 side could suggest that he hasn’t developed as rapidly as the club may have hoped, with the likes of Julio Pleguezuelo and Stefan O’Connor making impressive strides in their development.
Hopefully, this is a move we won’t regret in the future.