Gunners secure teenage starlet signing

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Arsenal have confirmed that teenage midfielder Conor Henderson has signed a contract extension at the Emirates stadium.

The 19-year-old player has progressed through the junior ranks after joining the club at the age of 8, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger could give the player first team opportunities in the Carling Cup this season.

A professional contract was handed to Henderson in July '08, with the left footed central player instantly impressing for Steve Bould's young Gunners.

Yet to make a senior appearance for the Emirates club, Henderson was involved with the Arsenal squad at the end of last term for the trip to Wigan. A debut was not forthcoming.

"Just to be included was massive for me, I was so happy to be going with the squad," Henderson said on his inclusion at the time.

Young Guns blog have previously reported that Chelsea were considering a £1 million compensation offer for the player when he was just 16, although neither Arsenal or the Blues confirmed the reports back in 2006.

The 2008-09 reserve campaign was blighted by a serious knee injury, although his return coincided with Arsenal winning the Premier Academy League final.

At international level, Henderson had represented both Republic of Ireland and England at junior levels and had the choice of either. However, he pledged his allegiance to the Irish in 2008 and has represented the U19 side on a number of occasions.

Arsenal will hope that Henderson continues his development in Neil Banfield's side, with that potential Carling Cup debut coming against Spurs on September 21st.

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