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One year since Arsenal exit, Robbie Burton still isn’t a first-team regular

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One year since Arsenal exit, Robbie Burton still isn’t a first-team regular

It’s a year to the day since Arsenal allowed starlet Robbie Burton to join Dinamo Zagreb on a permanent basis in a move that disappointed some supporters.

The youngster had been the under-23 captain and a relative mainstay in the midfield for the development team.

Plenty of Gunners fans saw Burton as one of many talented players who could make the step up to play first-team football.

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The 21-year-old made 65 appearances for various youth levels at Arsenal but failed to make his first-team bow.

Many supporters were expecting the player to outgrow the Croatian top-flight pretty quickly – although it’s not exactly going according to plan.

Burton has started just five games this season and in the last 11 matches, he has been on the pitch for just 80 minutes.

He made two outings in the Europa League but once again failed to start a game in the competition.


Burton will be in contention for tonight’s game against Krasnodar but in keeping with the pattern of the campaign, he seems unlikely to start.

The talented performer played three times for Wales under-19 during his career and he’ll be desperate for some first-team football.


He is under contract in Zagreb until 2025 and he does have time on his side.

Arsenal fans might find it intriguing though that Burton hasn’t really taken off in Croatia yet – despite backing him to do so.

The former Hale End starlet can play as a holding midfielder, or at the tip of a diamond in a No.10 role.

(Photo; Stuart MacFarlane; Arsenal FC; Getty Images)

Burton could, of course, still come good. Right now, however, it’s perhaps easy to see why Arsenal were willing to let him leave on permanent terms.

The move was originally deemed a potential Arteta mistake but currently, he seems to have been on the money over the young midfielder.

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