Arsenal have today tied down two of their most promising prospects to new deals.
Striker Zak Ansah, who turned 17 three weeks ago, has signed his first professional contract having been rewarded for a season that, although decimated by a shoulder injury, demonstrated his potential and his clinical nature in front of goal, with the England under-17 international scoring five times in just eight Premier Academy League starts, whilst also breaking into the Reserve team and impressing at the Dallas Cup.
Ansah has been strongly linked with a loan move to Charlton Athletic next season, a club at which his father, Andy, has close links. In signing his deal, Ansah becomes the fourth member of the 2010 intake of scholars to turn professional, following Martin Angha, Kyle Ebecilio and Elton Monteiro. Josh Rees and Philip Roberts, who was signed from Norwich City, are expected to follow shortly, whilst the remaining scholars are likely to have to wait until next summer for their futures to be determined.
Oguzhan Ozyakup has also committed his future to the club by signing a new two-year deal. The Dutch midfielder was expected to leave Arsenal after talks stalled on a new contract but, following assurances from the club, he has decided to continue his footballing education at London Colney and could be one of many Gunners youngsters to go out on loan next season, in what will be his fourth campaign at the club.