Arsenal’s impressive youth player, Jack Jebb has departed Arsenal for a famous destination for Arsenal loanees, Stevenage. The 19-year-old is on a month long loan with the League 2 club to gain first team experience which could help him grow at Arsenal. Jebb played for the U-19 Arsenal team last term after representing at lower youth levels previously, but has featured for the U-21s recently. Jebb, who plays as an attacking midfielder has been compared in style to compatriots, David Beckham and Jack Wilshere. He not only is a potential Arsenal senior player but also an English prospect that has represented the country at the U-16 and U17 levels.
This loan move for Jebb for a month would allow him gain some first team experience and also be back in time for some more actions for Arsenal. Arsenal Academy not only refines raw talents and turns them into super stars, they also graduate some of them into the Arsenal senior team and some are sold to other big clubs for their careers to blossom. The Arsenal Academy has produced world class players of yesteryears which includes Tony Adams, Martin Keown, Ray Parlour, Paul Merson, Liam Brady, the current coach, David O’Leary, Niall Quinn, Pat Rice, who have all retired, some have served and others still serving at various capacities in the football world. Also graduates of the Academy who are still actively playing include, Cesc Fabregas, Johan Djourou, Kieran Gibbs, Jack Wilshere, Emmanuel Frimpong, Wojciech Szczesny, Oguzhan Ozyakup, just to mention a few.
Jebb would have an opportunity of playing for the first team of Stevenage and his creativity would be expectedly on display at the League Two side. The creative midfielder was a regular player for the Arsenal U-18 last season with 21 appearances and scoring 5 goals. The player is known for his set-piece specialities which got him the tag “next David Beckham”. He recently curled home a fine free-kick in the Youth Cup quarter-final win over Everton. Many followers of the Arsenal Youth set-up have expressed disappointment at Jebb’s slow integration into first team action, as players his age-Calum Chambers, Hector Bellerin, Isaac Hayden- are already in playing for the senior Arsenal team, but the fact that he has joined Stevenage on loan is an indication of his rise gradual up the ladder of first team football at Arsenal. It can also be recalled that Jack Wilshere, who Jebb has been likened to, also broke into the main team at age 18 and before then, Wilshere went on a couple of loan spells before making it into the Arsenal senior team.
Stevenage has harboured and helped many Arsenal Youth players in the past and the club is gradually gaining popularity as Arsenal’s breeding site. And just like many other Arsenal youngsters in the past, Jack Jebb is poised for a quality time of experience at the League Two side. Alongside Jebb, Stevenage Borough also signed 3 other players on loan which include David McAllister from Shrewsbury Town, Josh Clarke and Charlie Adams.