Highly rated midfielder Chris Willock has signed his first professional contract with Arsenal, the club have confirmed.
It is a day which will live long in the memory should the midfielder live up to his potential.
Arsenal were worried that they would lose the play-maker during his scholarship, with his brother in the academy at Manchester United.
Arsene Wenger surprisingly included the midfielder in our early pre-season plans with Willock starting in the game against Boreham Wood, and had some encouraging words to say about the 17-year-old.
“He’s a very young boy and I wanted him to have a run out with the big boys to see how much he has to do,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.
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“But technically and tactically he integrated very well. Of course it’s natural that he lacks a bit of power at that age but when he gets that he will be a very interesting player.”
Despite Wenger previously having a massive say on his youngster, change around the club means that Andries Jonker is now in charge of the development squads.
The Dutchman has a massive pedigree in the game and given his nationality, his philosophy fits in well with that of Arsenal’s – he was also Louis Van Gaal’s assistant at Bayern Munich a few years ago.