Goalkeeper James Hillson signs new contract with Arsenal

Arsenal U23s goalkeeper James Hillson has signed a new contract with the club.

Hillson initially joined Arsenal on loan from Reading in 2019 before making the deal permanent that summer.

This season Hillson has had to be patient for opportunities as he has found himself behind Karl Hein and Arthur Okonkwo in the pecking order for the U23s.

The 20-year-old has made just one appearance for the U23s this season. He was included in the club’s A-list in the Europa League due to his homegrown status.


  1. Thanks for the news Jeorge, glad to see Kirk has signed pro forms, we seem now to be developing centre halves again after many years of not much in that dept.

    Monlouis sounds interesting and how has Foran been coming along?

    Hillson has just turned 20 so I’d imagine that there could be some churn this summer in that position.
    What do you think Jeorge the future holds in store for Iliev, Hein, Okonkwo, Smith and Graczyk, we seem overstocked, more loans I suppose?

    1. Foran has done okay but is still a bit raw.

      With the goalkeepers I think one of Hein and Okonkwo could go on loan next season. Graczyk could leave. Maybe Smith could go on loan again.

      On Tuesday, January 19, 2021, Jeorge Bird's Arsenal Youth wrote:


  2. This surprised me, I see Hillson way down the pecking order. Surely iliev has to be the first keeper although I also heard that Okonkwo is holding off signing a new contract.

    I’m also surprised that some of the 2nd years haven’t been offered contracts.

  3. Am I right in thinking that James Hillson now counts as a B list player for the Europa League, 8 am sure he has done UEFA elegibility now?

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