Arsenal agree to let 6ft 5 goalkeeper leave after 9 years without one appearance

Arsenal have agreed to let Deyan Iliev leave the club this month with the North Macedonian goalkeeping failing to make a single appearance for the first team.

Signed from hometown club Fk Belasica in 2012, Iliev originally joined the Gunners as a teenager in the academy after an unsuccessful trial at Inter Milan.

Impressing at youth level with 13 appearances for Arsenal's various academy sides, the North Macedonian penned a three-year contract extension in March 2015.

Another deal swiftly followed in June 2018 following eight showings for the under-23s in the 17/18 season while the giant keeper was also included in the first-team squad for the 2-1 League Cup win over Norwich City.

Further appearances on the bench soon followed with Iliev featuring in the Europa League squad against Qarabag and also as the third-choice goalkeeper in the 4-1 final defeat to Chelsea.

Loaned out to Slovakian side SKF Sered for the first half of the 19/20 campaign, Iliev made 18 starts in the Slovak Super Liga before opting to join Polish side Jagiellonia Białystok for the remainder of the season.

Though Iliev would make only four appearances in the Ekstraklasa due to injury before returning to the Emirates.

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A North Macedonian international at youth level, the Strumica-born 'keeper spent the start of last season at Shrewsbury Town on a short-term loan deal, making his debut in a 1-0 win away at AFC Wimbledon.

Iliev returned on loan to SKF Sered at the start of the current campaign, displacing Mathew Yakubu as the no.1 choice before sustaining another injury.

But, with his contract set to expire in the summer, Arsenal have decided to cancel his contract early, enabling Iliev to find a new club this month.

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