Arsenal starlet Conor Henderson is looking to follow in the footsteps of Jack Wilshere and graduate into the first team at the Emirates.
The talented teenage midfielder made his senior debut against Leyton Orient in the FA Cup this season, and is hopeful that further opportunities will come to fruition in the future.
For the present time though, Henderson believes going on loan next season could prove to be a beneficial move as he looks to gain first team experience at a competitive level, and the academy graduate has said he will broach the subject with his French manager.
"[For my debut against Leyton Orient] I was approached by the reserves team manager, hinting that I might be playing so I had to make sure to train well, train right and make sure that the boss knew that I’d be ready for the opportunity if the case," Henderson told Arsenal TV.
"The experience was amazing, being an Arsenal fan, to walk out at the Emirates, 60,000 people, it’s massive. I did hear things [from the crowd] as soon as I went out to warm-up, it was nice, made me a lot more comfortable, it was definitely the moment of my life.
"I feel I’m doing quite well, playing well, obviously getting a chance in the first team means a lot, hopefully I can just keep going and keep progressing."
On the topic of a potential loan move, the midfielder responded: "Probably next season. For this season I just want to play for the reserves, do as well as possible there but next season maybe to go out on loan and get some experience, it would be good for me."
A 19-year-old Republic of Ireland U21 international, Henderson admits that Wilshere is the player all the youth and reserve team are looking to follow, given the Englishman's rapid rise to prominence with the Gunners.
"Everyone in the academy side of the club looks up to Jack [Wilshere] to look at what he’s done, he’s come from the same place as us, gives everyone hope that we can do it as well, that we have a chance as well."
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