Arsenal starlet confirms summer transfer exit ahead of final Premier League clash with Everton

Arsenal academy attacker Kido Taylor-Hart
Kido Taylor-Hart will leave Arsenal this summer -Credit:David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

Arsenal academy attacker Kido Taylor-Hart has confirmed he will be leaving the club this summer as his contract comes to an end. The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at Derby before heading out to National League outfit Bromley this year.

In an emotional statement online, Taylor-Hart said: "First I’d like to thank all the staff, coaches, fans and players at arsenal that have shown me love and helped me in my 13 years at this Amazing Club I appreciate it more than I can explain. The Club has quite literally seen me grow up and go from a boy to a man [red heart emoji]".

He added: "Saying that it’s time to move on and I’m exited for what the future of my career holds. [prayer hands emoji, red and white circle emojis]".

Taylor-Hart never played for the first team or made it onto the bench for the senior side but did impress during his time at Hale End. He has been unable to have much impact during his time away from the club though, failing to make an appearance for the Derby first-team and only scoring once in Premier League 2 for the Under-21 side.

He had spent the first half of last season with Arsenal's own youth teams but only played five times. In September he went out on loan to Bromley but only played nine times.

He quickly fell out of contention at the club, only starting two games all year, and didn't score until April. He wasn't involved in the penalty play-off final victory over Solihull Moors earlier this month either.

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In 2022 Taylor-Hart suffered an injury that stunted his development in north London. Previous to that he had been attracting interest from clubs across the continent.

"At the end of the season I feel good," he said at the time. "Because of the injury there was a few things that I had to go through and they were good experiences. Personally I think that this season was actually quite good for me. I learnt a lot."

He added that during training sessions with Mikel Arteta he was able to note the improvement needed. "I know some of the younger guys like Bukayo [Saka], Emile [Smith Rowe] and Eddie [Nketiah]," he said. "They all talk to me. There are a few of the older players who are quite vocal. Granit [Xhaka], he likes to talk to the young players a lot."