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Get to Know: Josh Dasilva

10 things you might not know about our latest arrival

21 August 2018

Josh Dasilva became a Brentford player this morning, signing an initial four-year deal at Griffin Park. The 19-year-old left Arsenal in the summer after more than a decade in North London. Here are ten more things you might not know about our new midfielder.

- Pelenda Joshua ‘Josh’ Tunga Dasilva was born in Ilford on 28 October 1998. Of Angolan descent, he is one of five children with two brothers and two sisters.

- He joined Arsenal’s Hale End Academy at the age of eight and came through the ranks with The Gunners, making his breakthrough with the Under-21s at the end of the 2015/16 season.

- While with The Gunners’ Under-18s side Josh was coached by Thierry Henry, who he credits with smoothing his transition from a striker to midfielder.  

- The 2016/17 season saw Josh make 33 appearances for Arsenal’s Under-18s and Under-21s, helping the 18s finish runners-up behind Chelsea in the league standings. He was also twice named on the bench for Arsene Wenger’s first-team in cup competitions.

- That form was rewarded with a professional contract in the summer of 2017. A first professional appearance followed three months later during a 1-0 Carabao Cup Third Round victory over Doncaster Rovers. The 18-year-old also featured in subsequent wins over Norwich City and West Ham as The Gunners’ reached the Final.

- Last term, Josh was also named in three matchday Europa League Group Stage squads and, despite being just 19, captained the Under-21s for much of the second-half of the season.

- Internationally, Josh made three appearances off the bench, including one during the Final victory over Portugal, for England’s Under-19s as they won the 2017 European Championships in Georgia. He also has seven caps to his name, four of them alongside fellow Brentford new-boy Ezri Konsa, for the Under-20s.

- Despite being offered a new-deal at the Emirates in the summer, Josh decided to end his 11-year association with the club in search of first-team football, agreeing a deal in West London yesterday.

- Off the pitch, Josh was brought up a Manchester United fan and counts Zinedine Zidane among his footballing idols.

- Away from football, the 19-year-old says he unwinds playing FIFA, although he admits he won’t give many in The Bees squad too much of a run for their money!


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