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Arsenal sign Dennis Wise's son Henry on one-year deal

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Arsenal have signed Chelsea legend Dennis Wise's son Henry on a one-year contract, after persuading the youngster to leave Queens Park Rangers to join the Gunners academy setup.

The 15-year-old was highly regarded by QPR and surely could have used his father's fantastic relationship with Chelsea to at least get a trial with the Blues, but wanted to join Arsenal and will now train at the club's Hale End academy for the rest of the season.

Wise will have to deal with the pressure that comes with a surname that has already carved out a strong reputation in the game, with Dennis nothing short of a Blues great after winning six trophies during 11 seasons at Stamford Bridge.

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Henry is a midfielder like his famous father, but is viewed as a far more creative, attacking option than the former Millwall manager. The Daily Mail describes the teenager as a 'genuinely talented' prospect who has been courted by a string of Premier League clubs before picking Arsenal.

Despite only completing his move to the Gunners earlier this week Wise is expected to become a regular for the club's youth team almost immediately, which bodes well for the development of another starlet taken on by the club at Hale End.

Wise joins the Beckham boys

The young midfielder will have plenty of company he can related to at Arsenal, who are also managing the fledging careers of David Beckham's three sons Brookyln, Romeo and Cruz.

Frank Lampard's nephew is also a regular at the Arsenal training centre, which has a fantastic reputation of bringing talent through to the first-team.

Arsenal's academy is currently in the midst of an overhaul under new chief Andries Jonker, but still has a strong enough reputation to take talents like Wise from rival London clubs despite a few lean years in terms of first-team production.

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