• Philip Roberts

  • Born April 07, 1994

  • Position Striker

A centre forward who was recruited from Norwich's academy, Philip is an Irish youth international.

Powerful, pacy and a genuine threat in front of goal, Philip will be hoping to build on the excellent progress he has made with the Canaries Academy over recent years.

Taken on trial by the Gunners at the end of last season, he impressed Liam Brady and his team and was asked to make the move from Norfolk to North London.

  • Name Rhys Murphy

  • Born November 06, 1990 Shoreham-by-Sea

  • Position Striker

Clinical in front of goal, Rhys rediscovered something like his best form last season following a string of injuries.

The striker, who first signed professional terms with the Club in 2008, made 14 appearances for Neil Banfield’s Reserves in 2010/11.

He found the net on three occasions, including his first goal in over a year during a 2-2 draw with Chelsea in February.

A long-standing member of the Arsenal youth system, Rhys has played first-team football - for Brentford on loan in 2009/10 - and was a key member of the Gunners' FA Youth Cup and Premier Academy League Double-winning team of 2009.

Sean Mc Dermott


  • Sean Mc Dermott
  • Born May 30, 1993
  • Position Goalkeeper

Although Norwegian-born, this promising ‘keeper has represented the Republic of Ireland at both Under-16 and Under-17 levels

A strong, steady goalkeeper with good reflexes and a fine presence between the posts, he becomes the latest in a long line of Academy recruits who have turned out for the Emerald Isle

Conor Henderson
  • Conor Henderson
  • Born Sept 8 1991
  • Position Midfielder

After signing scholarship forms with the Club last summer, Conor promptly made his Reserve team debut against Portsmouth in September.

Despite suffering a long-term knee injury, the cultured midfielder signed professional terms with the Club in January.  He returned from injury towards the end of the season, coming on as a substitute in both legs of the FA Youth Cup Final, and the Premier Academy League Final.

Technically brilliant, Conor is equally adept in central midfield or wide on the left and has represented England and Republic of Ireland at youth level. He made his full debut for the Reserves in their first fixture of 2009/10 and more second-string outings will no doubt be forthcoming this season.

Anthony Stokes
  • Anthony Stokes
  • 25 July 1988, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • Striker

A natural finisher, Anthony excelled last year, making three reserve team appearances and scoring four times from eight Under-19 appearances - all  as a 15 year-old.He scored 12 goals from 17 Under-17 outings, and netted four from two FA Youth Cup games.The young Irishman has trained with the first team on several occasions. Previously with Kilnamanagh, Cherry Orchard and Shelbourne, Anthony Stokes joined Arsenal in 2003 where he is highly-rated by Arsenal Academy Director Liam Brady. Capped at Under 15, Under 16 and Under 17 level. Capped last season by Sean McCaffrey at Under 17 level, he scored two goals in the 2-1 away win over Turkey.

Stephen O Donnell
  • Stephen O'Donnell
  • 15 January 1976, Ireland
  • Midfielder

Goalscoring midfielder Stephen was virtually ever-present for Neil Banfield's Under-19s last season. An Irish Youth International, Stephen is a skilful, composed player and very comfortable on the ball. He played in both of Arsenal's FA Youth Cup fixtures.

Patrick Cregg
  • Patrick Cregg
  • 21 February 1986 Ireland
  • Midfielder

A highly rated, steadily emerging midfield prospect at the Club, Irishman Patrick enjoyed another good year last season. He progressed to the Under-19s, scoring four times in 21 appearances, and also stepped up to the reserves, playing six times at that level, as well  as two FA Youth Cup games. The Irish Youth International is happy as a holding midfielder, but also excels when going forward.


Shane Tracy
  • Shane Tracy
  • Born 14 September 1988, Limerick
  • Midfielder

A talented left-footed midfielder, Shane has been with the Club a year and was rewarded with a scholarship in the summer following his debut season. Shane, an Irish Under-16 International, is the brother of Yvonne Tracy, who plays for Arsenal Ladies and Ireland.

Sean Kelly
  • Sean Kelly
  • 09 July 1987, County Kerry, Republic of Ireland
  • Midfielder

Sean came over to Arsenal from Ireland during the summer and, although he is now 17, he joins the Club as a first-year scholar. An energetic midfielder, Sean has plenty of stamina and is also very versatile. Sean was released by the club in 2006-7