Brentford have signed former Arsenal midfield player Josh Dasilva on a long-term contract. The England youth international completed a medical in West London yesterday, Monday 20 August, and signed a four-year contract. There is a Club option for an additional year. Compensation will be due to Arsenal as the Premier League side offered Josh, 19, a contract but he chose to leave North London and has now joined The Bees.
Josh ended an 11-year association with Arsenal this summer. He had been with their academy since he was eight and progressed through the youth ranks. He turned professional at the start of last season and made his debut for The Gunners in the Carabao Cup against Doncaster Rovers. He also made appearances in later rounds against Norwich City and West Ham United and has played for Arsenal in the Under-23 Premier League and the UEFA Youth League.
Josh has also been part of the England youth set-up in recent years. He made his Under-19 debut as part of the squad that won the UEFA European Under-19 Championships last summer. He played three games in the tournament, one of which was the final. Josh represented England Under-20 last season and has played ten games for his country overall.
Dean Smith, Brentford FC Head Coach, said: "Josh is a player who fits Brentford really well. He has huge potential, is an excellent footballer with a great personality and wants to continue his development by working hard every day. We liked what we saw and feel that we can help Josh to develop and in turn he will help our squad improve.”
Phil Giles, Brentford FC Co-Director of Football, added: "Josh elected not to sign the new contract offered to him by Arsenal, which shows he is understands the importance of starting to play regular First Team football. It is great that Brentford now has a reputation for being able to offer that to the best young players and that they are keen to join us. It also helps that we play football in a way that Josh will be used to from his upbringing at Arsenal. We look forward to watching him develop over the coming seasons."