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Arsenal have rewarded youngster Zech Medley with his first professional contract with the club.
The 17-year-old defender joined the Gunners from Chelsea in December and has impressed in the youth setup.
He has established himself as a regular for England U18 national team, and is a player considered by Arsenal staff to have excellent potential.
The technically gifted teenager emphasised earlier this year that Arsenal’s focus on possession based football was a major factor in his decision to move to the north London club.
“There are a number of similarities with the training,” Medley said, quoted by the Metro. “But the big difference is that there is a far greater emphasis on technique at Arsenal.
“I’m comfortable on the ball and I like to play out from the back, so the way Arsenal play suits me perfectly.”
An Arsenal official statement reads” We’d like to congratulate Zech on his new deal.”