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Conor Henderson made his first team debut for Arsenal last night in their 5-0 victory over Leyton Orient at the Emirates Stadium.

The 19 year old Republic of Ireland youth international put on a sparkling performance in midfield, roaming into numerous positions throughout the 90 minutes. He was assured in possession and always looked to get the ball forward quickly to his team-mates.

Henderson is a product of the Arsenal youth academy, and has made eight appearances for the reserves scoring one goal this season.

His development into the Arsenal first team set up has been hampered by injury after the player was ruled out for the majority of last season with a knee injury sustained on his reserve team debut.


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was impressed with the youngsters contribution though, and told "When you look at all the players that come out now (of the Arsenal academy), its amazing. He has done well, and shown that he is technically at the level we request here.

"He has a nice, smooth left foot and good build. He would have been involved a long time ago but was injured."

Arsenal teammate Jack Wilshire was also full of praise for the Irishman, and after the game tweeted: "Good win tonight, good to see big Nick scoring a hat-trick - Henderson looks a player too, the future is bright."

Ignasi Miquel also played the full 90 minutes, looking comfortable throughout. The 18-year-old Spanish centre back was commanding in defence, starting a number of Arsenal attacks with precision passing from the back.

Wenger's youngsters are certainly starting to prove their worth at senior level, and with a number of other player currently plying their trade out on-loan, things certainly look good for the Gunners.

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