Arsenal have confirmed the arrival of highly-rated FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea.

The 21-year-old USA international is one of the most sought-after talents currently plying his trade in the MLS, but will spend time training in north London during the American off-season.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has pulled off something of a coup in getting Shea to the Emirates Stadium, and the frugal Frenchman took to the Arsenal website to explain the agreement that has temporarily been put in place.

"It's a training period for him to see what his top level is like," he told Arsenal Player. "The MLS encourage their players to go out to Europe during their off-season for improvement, practice and to have contact with top-level football.

"That's why Brek Shea is coming here. It is a learning experience for him."

Shea has attracted interest from a host of Barclays Premier League clubs, but the fact he has chosen to train with Arsenal says a lot about their reputation around the world.

"Brek will train with the first-team when it is possible and practice with the best prospects of the club as well outside of the normal sessions," Wenger continued. "There is not a better place than the Premier League to do that."

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