George Dobson tipped for success after signing Arsenal contract

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Arsenal have a player 'absolutely destined for stardom' on their hands in the shape of teenager George Dobson, according to one individual who knows him very well.

The 17-year-old centre back, who can also play in a holding midfield role, was rewarded for his progression through the Gunners' youth system with a first professional contract back in November.

He's a regular in the U18s and U19 UEFA Youth League side, and has also been involved with the Arsenal U21s this season.

His rise through the ranks at the Emirates Stadium has not come as a surprise to Ian Wignall though, and the Brentwood School's director of sport is expecting big things of his former pupil.

"We saw him at first-year trials (at Brentwood school) and it was just absolutely clear that he was going to be one of the better players for the team," Wignall told the Brentwood Gazette.

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"He was absolutely destined for stardom. He was a super boy, worked really hard. He was motivated, he wanted to be successful and without any doubt that drive to succeed got him where he is today."

Whilst the Gunners might utilise Dobson at the back, Wignall admits Brentwood would do the opposite, pushing the defender up-front and utilising his talent on the ball going forward.

"He is a traditional modern-day centre-half although we used to play him as a centre-forward," he added.

Fantastic footwork

"We had good players in other areas and George fitted a gap where he scored a huge amount of goals over his time at the school and had fantastic footwork for a schoolboy."

Despite some of Arsenal's recent troubles on the pitch, Dobson is still some way off Arsene Wenger's first team in north London.

The Frenchman regularly bloods young players in the League Cup, but the Gunners crashed out to Southampton in the third round this season. His FA Cup side is generally stronger, and Wenger has already confirmed that the same squad of player picked on New Year's day will be named against Hull.

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