The January transfer window has officially kicked into overdrive even though we are just 6 days in.
Arsenal have made the official announcement that youngsters Chiori Johnson and Tyrell Robinson have put pen to paper for their first professional contracts at the club. The news was confirmed on the club’s official website, with images of the players signing their contracts as well as a shoot with star forward, Theo Walcott.
Just the news we want to hear, innit it?
Well, we have moaned every hour of every day for the past six months on the need for the club to get defenders in as well as a solid defensive midfielder, and while there is still time to go into the market for the big names, the club has chosen the wise path to insure the future of those she considers to be the teeth that will tear tomorrow’s tigers. It appears both are classed in the league of the next big things to emerge from the Arsenal Academy and will now get more opportunities to stake a claim on first team matters.
Johnson, 17, is one of the best full-backs in the Arsenal Academy and has featured for the Under-18s, 19s and 21s. He has come through the ranks at Hale End and can give himself good hopes of going all the way up to becoming a regular for the first team if he keeps his impressive work rate up. Two of our current full backs, Kieran Gibbs and Hector Bellerin, have come through the lower strata of the set up at the Emirates and will give the London-born player the verve to push on, especially now he’s turned pro.
With four goals in seven appearances for the Uder-18s, Robinson has developed a keen liking for getting on the score sheet regularly and will be relishing the chance to improved touches of professionalism on his performances. The 17-year old winger has also been involved with the Under-21s this season.
Arsenal have never abandoned the prestigious reputation of being a door for youths to turn the ignition on for their careers and there’s been enough success stories to give belief to the continuity of the process. Wenger has fielded a good number of teenagers in first team games this season, including 17-year old defender, Stefan O’Connor, in the last group game of the Champions League against Galatasaray, having only just signed his first professional contract in October. Young winger, Ainsley Maitland-Niles has even earned appearances in the FA Cup, pointing to the manager’s usual readiness to launch them into the thick of things.
Not exactly the defender and midfielder signings we are anticipating in this window, but certainly this is not bad news by any chance.
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