Arsenal have continued in the line of bringing youngsters through to the professional stage by handing Chris Willock his first contract with the club.
Chris, 17, has been at Arsenal since he was eight years old and has been on the coaches good ratings as one of the brightest young players in the Academy. He plays mostly as a winger in a forward set up and has been a regular for the under-18s this season, but has also appeared with the under-19s’ and in Uefa Youth League matches. He has represented the under-21s twice so far in 2014/15.
Wenger does have a particularly good rating for the young Gunner, handing him a first team debut during the pre-season against Boreham Wood.
“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 said, back then in July.
“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.
“It is more to see who can integrate into the first team from the youth team – who is the closest to the first team.”
Willock joins Kaylen Hinds and Ben Sheaf as the three latest youngsters to make the graduation to the professional stages of their careers at Arsenal and we can only wish they continue their developments at the right pace, being already at the right place.
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