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Arsenal have rewarded 18-year-old Robbie Burton with his first professional contract with the club.
A product of Arsenal’s Hale End Academy, Burton has progressed steadily through the ranks at the club and he can safely be said to have taken his chances this campaign as he produced some hugely encouraging performances at U18 level.
With Jack Wilshere leaving the club after 17 years, Arsenal fans are looking to the youth ranks for the next homegrown player who might make the breakthrough.
Only time will tell if Burton will be that player but, for now, he’s made up to have signed a deal with the club.
Capped by Wales at youth level, the central midfielder was a regular for Arsenal’s U18 side in the first half of the campaign and Kwame Ampadu’s team recovered from a disappointing start to end up finishing second in their league.
From the age of 6 when I first joined, it’s always been my dream to sign a professional contract @arsenal Thank you to all my family and all the people that have helped me along the way. Looking forward to the future👏❤️ pic.twitter.com/Z9JJ7VjxMw
— Robbie Burton (@RBurton26) July 1, 2018
During the campaign, Burton also received some call-ups to the U23 squad and he eventually made his debut at that level against Swansea City at Emirates Stadium towards the end of the campaign.
Burton made 33 appearances for Arsenal’s youngsters last season, scoring four and creating another four. Three of his goals came in the U18 Premier League along with all of his assists.