- Highly-rated defender Harry Clarke has signed fresh terms at the Emirates
- He penned a professional deal last year and has now committed his future
- The 18-year-old has impressed for Arsenal’s youth teams in recent seasons
- Clarke said was ‘proud’ to sign on at the Emirates and promised to work hard
Harry Clarke is a highly rated defender who helped win the Premier League South last season
Clarke shields the ball away from a Villarreal player during an under-23 match in November
Arsenal prodigy Harry Clarke has signed a long-term at the Emirates, with Mikel Arteta making his first acquisition since taking over at the club.
The 18-year-old defender is highly rated in north London and has penned improved terms since agreeing his first professional contract last year.
Clarke, who impressed as the Gunners’ youth side won the Premier League South last season, has expressed his delight at his new contract, saying ‘the hard work continues’.
Writing on Twitter, he said: ‘Proud to have signed a new long term contract with this great club.
‘The hard work continues!’
The club announced the news on their website, taking the opportunity to praise Clarke after he committed his long term future.
‘Everyone at the club would like to congratulate Harry on his new contract and we look forward to seeing him develop further.’
Clarke, who can play at centre-back or defensive midfield, is seen as the club’s next big defensive star from their academy, and has appeared 11 times for Arsenal’s Under 23 team in the Premier League 2 this season.
Last season he played 15 times for the Under-18s as they won the Premier League South, with the side securing six clean sheets.
The deal is Arteta’s first since he was announced as Gunners boss on Friday.
The former Manchester City assistant was in the stands as his new team churned out a 0-0 stalemate against Everton this weekend and will be preparing for his first game against Bournemouth on Boxing Day.