Midfielder Jack Henry-Francis has signed his first professional contract with Arsenal.
The Hale End product caught the eye for the first-team against Hibernian in pre-season and is hugely effective at playing short, snappy passes.
Henry-Francis, 18, has been capped by the Republic of Ireland at youth level.
So far this season the youngster has made three appearances for the U18s, while he has also featured for the U23s and in the Papa John’s Trophy.
A player with an excellent work ethic, Henry-Francis is capable of winning the ball back effectively although he can cause problems for his team at times by dwelling in possession for too long.
With his short-term future secured, Henry-Francis will aim to feature more prominently for the U23s in the remainder of this season and should also be involved in first-team training on several occasions.
There are now nine remaining second year scholars who haven’t signed professional terms – Mauro Bandeira, Khayon Edwards, Taylor Foran, Luigi Gaspar, Henry Jeffcott, Remy Mitchell, Charles Sagoe Jr, James Sweet and Billy Vigar.