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Arsenal clinch starlet signing of Stefan O'Connor

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Arsenal have clinched the signing of Stefan O'Conner on his first professional contract.

According to Sky Sports, the 17-year-old defender has agreed a three-year contract with Arsenal after coming through the club's academy.

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He is extremely highly rated by the coaching staff at the Emirates Stadium, and they believe he has a bright future with the club.

Training

O'Conner has already joined the Arsenal first-team for training sessions with Arsene Wenger's squad and he is expected to make an impression on the club's preseason tour next summer.

The gifted centre-back regularly features for Arsenal's under-21 side, and has caught Wenger's eye on several occasions.

He has played for England youth sides, and is a talented ball-playing defender in the mould of Laurent Koscielny. Along with midfielder Daniel Crowley, O'Conner is one of the top prospects from an Arsenal academy that has produced stars like Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs in the past.

Chances at Arsenal

Wenger has never been shy to hand youngsters the opportunity to progress at Arsenal, with Hector Bellerin the latest young academy player to make an impact on the first-team.

Currently on international break, the Arsenal squad reassembles next week ahead of a match against Hull City at the Emirates Stadium. Coming off the back of a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Wenger will want to get his side back on track before a Champions League trip to Belgium to face Anderlecht.

It's the beginning of a run of fixtures that Arsenal will have targeted as one to make the most of - they also face Sunderland, Burnley and Swansea before welcoming Manchester United to north London on November 22nd.

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