Arsenal at risk of losing winger compared to Bukayo Saka for NOTHING

• Six months left on current deal

• Interest from major European clubs

• Limited opportunities an issue?

PSV Eindhoven v Arsenal FC: Group B - UEFA Youth League 2023/24
PSV Eindhoven v Arsenal FC: Group B - UEFA Youth League 2023/24 / BSR Agency/GettyImages

Arsenal academy star Amario Cozier-Duberry has entered the last six months of his contract and is now free to negotiate with foreign clubs - with some of Europe's biggest names interested.

18-year-old Cozier-Duberry has long been touted as one of the best talents in Arsenal's Hale End academy, but his future now looks anything but certain as he nears the conclusion of his current contract in north London.

It's been reported that Ajax, Borussia Dortmund, Newcastle, Brighton and Anderlecht are all interested in the young attacker, and they can all, except for Newcastle and Brighton, negotiate a pre-contract agreement with the England U19 international.

According to Simon Collings, Arsenal are in ongoing talks with the player over a new contract, but there has so far been no agreement, with time quickly running out to do so.

There are also several promotion-chasing clubs in the Championship and League One interested in taking Cozier-Duberry on loan, but Arsenal look set to keep him at the club for the remainder of the season.

The next Bukayo Saka?

Amario Cozier-Duberry
Watford v Arsenal - FA Youth Cup Fifth Round / Richard Heathcote/GettyImages

Last season saw Cozier-Duberry impress for the U18s, managed by Jack Wilshire, and his side reached the FA Youth Cup Final, with the youngster scoring five goals and assisting three in their run to the final.

This exceptional form saw him earn high praise from his former Gunner manager, with Wilshire saying: "He reminds me of Bukayo Saka [...] In some moments he’s unplayable. You give him the ball and he can make things happen."

With such high praise, it is no wonder that the club are keen to tie Cozier-Duberry down to a new long-term deal, but a lack of opportunities could prove problematic for the Gunners' attempts to keep him at the club.

A lack of opportunities?

Cozier-Duberry has been regularly training with the first team this season, after impressing in pre-season while on tour with the first team squad.

Despite this, the 18-year-old has been included in just two matchday squads this season and is yet to play a single minute for the Gunners, with his current situation casting doubt over whether he will ever make his debut for the club.

Ethan Nwaneri
Arsenal FC v RC Lens: Group B - UEFA Champions League 2023/24 / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages

Many fans have criticised Mikel Arteta for not giving enough playing time to the club's youngsters, like Cozier-Duberry, Ethan Nwaneri and Reuell Walters, as players want a clear pathway to the first team.

It goes without saying that opportunities need to be earned, but it does feel as though someone of Cozier-Duberry deserves at least a handful of minutes, which could go a long way in convincing him to sign a new deal with the club.