Arsenal have confirmed in the last 24 hours that academy standouts Chiori Johnson and Tyrell Robinson have both signed their first professional contracts with the club, securing the long-term futures of two players who are aiming to follow in the footsteps of Jack Wilshere over the next few years.
Johnson is a right-back with a reputation for being strong in possession, already featuring for Arsenal's under-21 side this term at the tender age of 17. The latest product of Arsenal's Hale End academy has also been a regular in the youth version of the Champions League, tipped to have a very promising future in the game.
Robinson meanwhile is described by the Daily Mail as an extremely quick and skilful winger, with a versatile set of attributed that have also allowed him to fill in at the back on occasion.
Gunners continue to put youth first
Arsenal are clearly intent on ensuring promising talent maintains a clear path towards the first team, as Wilshere and quite surprisingly Hector Bellerin have proved this season.
Injuries have also thrust the likes of Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Isaac Hayden and Chuba Akpom further up the pecking order in recent months, proof that if you impress in Arsenal's youth ranks Arsene Wenger is prepared to offer a chance to shine at the highest level as reward.
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Academy revamp in full swing
The Gunners are in the process of reshaping an academy which has fallen short of its own high standards in recent years, with the appointment of academy chief Andries Jonker in the summer a clear sign Arsenal are looking for change in that department.
Jonker is on record as claiming Arsenal need to completely overhaul the way their youth structure is set up to match the likes of Barcelona for player output, but adding two more scholars to the pro ranks proves there's still plenty of talent at London Colney for Wenger to cultivate over the next few years.
Johnson and Robinson will now be slowly brought through the ranks to prove their worth for the under-21 side, before a decision can be made over when the time is right to pursue a loan move in 2015.
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