Arsenal continue to place emphasis on youth after the departure of Arsene Wenger.
The Frenchman was renowned for both his academy graduates and bringing aboard young players in the transfer market, and that academy tradition carries on in earnest.
Three Arsenal academy graduates have signed their first professional contracts with the Gunners, including Irish midfielder Jordan McEneff.
Per Arsenal’s statement on their official website:
“Academy graduates Harry Clarke, Jordan McEneff, and Tobi Omole have signed their first professional contracts.
Jordan signed for us at the age of 17. The Irish youth international picked up an injury at the start of last season but has impressed in his seven appearances as an attacking midfielder for our under-18s this year.”
The 17-year-old used to represent Northern Ireland at underage level, before making the switch to the Republic and netting the winning goal on his debut in the final minute against Hungary.
— Aaron McEneff (@amceneff) November 1, 2016
“I’m an attacking midfielder and like to run with the ball at defenders, which is my main strength”, he told Arsenal.com last month.
“I played up to under-17 level with Northern Ireland but made a change to the Republic of Ireland as my dad is from Dublin.”
It will he hotly competitive at Arsenal’s world-famous academy, but there’s no better place for this Derry teenager to develop his game.