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Arsenal's Wilshere signs pro deal

Jack Wilshere in action for Arsenal
Wilshere has made seven first-team appearances for Arsenal

Promising Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has signed a professional contract with the club after turning 17 on New Year's Day.

Wilshere is the youngest player to represent the club in the league and in European competition.

At the club since the age of nine, he had previously been on a scholarship.

"Jack is a player with great potential, with an ability to find the final ball and also score goals," manager Arsene Wenger told the Arsenal website.

"Jack is a passionate and committed young player, he is not afraid of tackles and I am convinced he will have tremendous penetrative power in a few years.

"We have already seen Jack's qualities in both his first team performances and in training on a regular basis, and we look forward to Jack being an important part of our first team for years to come."


Wilshere made his Premier League debut against Blackburn as a substitute on 13 September 2008.

He made his first start in the 6-0 Carling Cup victory over Sheffield United 10 days later, scoring his first senior goal for the club.

The Hitchin-born player then made his Champions League debut as a substitute against Dynamo Kiev on 25 November.

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see also
Arsenal 1-0 Dynamo Kiev
25 Nov 08 |  Europe
Arsenal 6-0 Sheff Utd
23 Sep 08 |  League Cup
Blackburn 0-4 Arsenal
13 Sep 08 |  Premier League

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