Arsenal teenager Eddie Nketiah has signed his first professional contract with the north London club, as reported by the Gunners official website.
The 17-year-old, who the Gunners picked up after Chelsea released him, refusing to give him a scholarship, bagged 24 goals in 28 appearances last season and has already put in some stand-out performances this season, including the u18s’ 4-0 win over Aston Villa.
The Ghanaian-born Englishman is highly regarded at the Emirates Stadium and is seen as a star in the making for the Gunners.
Congratulations, Eddie 📝 https://t.co/FkSpvoZDBK
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 14, 2016
“The day Arsenal showed they were interested in me was one of the happiest days I can remember,” he said to Arsenal.com back in September last year.
“It wasn’t only because I’ve always been an Arsenal fan, but two days earlier I was told that I would be released by Chelsea and not given a scholarship for this season. I was so down, but then Arsenal found out I was available, contacted my family and invited me to train.
He was top scorer for our under-18s last campaign, with 24 goals in 28 games.