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.