Keto and Mavididi sign professional terms


Arsenal have today announced that second-year scholars Hugo Keto and Stephy Mavididi have signed their first professional contracts with the club. 

Keto, a goalkeeper signed from HJK Helsinki last summer, made a significant impression for the U18s during what was a challenging campaign for the club at that age group. 

The 17-year-old, who has been capped by Finland at youth level, saved two penalties in one game for Arsenal’s U18s against Fulham in May and also featured in the UEFA Youth League. 

Hale End product Mavididi, meanwhile, has made the expected progression to professional terms after he enjoyed an excellent season in 2014-15. 

Mavididi scored 18 goals for Arsenal across the three youth levels last season and broke into the U21 side. The striker concluded the campaign by representing England at the UEFA U-17 European Championships. 

This news means that the remaining second years- Marc Bola, Ilias Chatzitheodoridis, Harry Donovan, Aaron Eyoma and Savvas Mourgos- face a crucial season in their development as they seek to earn a professional deal at the end of the campaign. 

Arsenal have also confirmed the signing of French youngster Jeff Reine-Adelaide from Lens, as well as the identities of the club’s new batch of first-year scholars- Marcus Agyei-Tabi, Tolaji Bola, Joshua DaSilva, Vlad Dragomir, Yassin Fortune, Charlie Gilmour, Edward Nketiah, Jordi Osei-Tutu, Kostas Pileas, Nathan Tella and Joseph Willock. Reiss Nelson isn’t eligible to sign scholarship terms until next summer. 

5 comments

  1. nice development jeorge, wishing the new scholars/intakes and young pros success in their future endeavours with the club, off topic but how highly rated was elijah dixon-bonner in his age group before he opted not to continue his development with us because i read he has signed for Liverpool, how good was he and how influential was his game, did he decide against signing with us due to our acquisition of vlad dragomir or was there another player from hale end that he thought will block his progression because i hate it when we lose players or any age to top rivals. secondly how stocked are we in defence at the u18 level cos defensively we lack a lot last season which leads to lots of unimpressive results and under performance which are sometimes playing a negative role towards team moral n performance boost, hope our u18 will b well equipped in all areas and departments this time around

    1. Dixon-Bonner was very highly rated and it’s a shame he’s gone but we have a lot of other good prospects at that age level. The signings of Osei-Tutu and Pileas should help the U18s defensively, but I think they still need more cover, especially at left-back.

  2. thanks jeorge, i hope the lads on ground stands strong /firm and make us proud, if those we have can prove to be the best and better than the ones that are gone then no crying over the ones we’ve lost

  3. Why do you think the lad left for Liverpool JB? Thanks for the fantastic reports, from a long-time reader, first time poster.

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