Hubert Graczyk signs professional contract; added to Arsenal’s Europa League squad

Goalkeeper Hubert Graczyk has signed his first professional contract with Arsenal.

The 18-year-old, who made his debut for the U23s earlier this season, has also been added to Arsenal’s Europa League squad.

Graczyk joined Arsenal as a schoolboy and was first called up to the U18 squad as an U15 player. He has proceeded to make 27 appearances for the U18s and has also trained with the first-team.

Earlier this season Graczyk temporarily lost his place in the U18 starting lineup but an injury to Ovie Ejeheri allowed him to feature prominently in recent weeks. A good shot stopper, Graczyk has made some costly errors at times but he has much time on his side to improve.

Arsenal have lots of young goalkeepers at the club, with Deyan Iliev, Karl Hein, Arthur Okonkwo, James Hillson and Tom Smith also on professional contracts.

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