Arsenal forward Austin Lipman has left on loan to Conference side Boreham Wood. The 18 year had previously being on loan at the conference outfit last season, but Arsenal has decided to send the English forward to a season long loan instead for this season.
“Austin Lipman has re-joined Vanarama Conference South side Boreham Wood on loan for the 2014/2015 season.”
Austin Lipman can play either as striker at the tip of the attack or in other instance, as a right winger. Capped at both the U16 and U17 levels for England, he has gradually progressed through the ranks at Arsenal’s Hale End Academy, after joining the club at the age of eight. Last season, was his first stint with the U18 squad, and he ended up as the highest goal scorer in the squad with six goals.
He joins the growing list of forward who have come through the club’s academy. Benik Afobe who also came through the club’s academy was expected to hit the big time after his record breaking goal return at youth level. He has been sent on a season long loan to league One outfit MK Dons, in what could be his last time as an Arsenal player, as he has entered the last year of his contract.
Also, Chuka Akpom seems to have caught the eye of Arsene Wenger as a striker who can make the giant leap from youth level to the first team. He has featured regularly in pre-season, and he played a part in the league cup win over West Brom last season.
While not all Hale End Academy players end up making the grade at Arsenal a la Jay Emmanuel Thomas, David Bentley and Henri Lansbury, some have gone on to make a good career out of their profession.
Austin Lipman would hope to build on the areas he still comes short in his game, with his experience last season in featuring in the UEFA Youth League where he played three times with two starts, he is expected to slot in seamlessly into the Boreham Wood side. Having spent last season there on loan, he would be going to a familiar environment at Hertfordshire, something that would suit him in his stay at Meadow Park.
With a return of two goals in 12 appearances when he was last on loan there, he could improve on his goal return with a full season under his belt.
Here is wishing him good luck in his season long loan, and hope he gets to play for the Arsenal first team someday.