Arsenal teenager Nathan Tormey has been awarded his first professional contract at the club following his progress from the academy.
The youngster was snapped up by Arsenal from their London rivals Tottenham, joining them at the U12 level and he has been described as a “technically gifted and pacey winger” by the Gunners.
Confirming the deal, Arsenal wrote on their website: “Congratulations to Nathan Tormey, who has signed his first professional contract with the club. We all look forward to Nathan’s continued progress with the club this season.”
The Hale End academy graduate could only manage one appearance for the U18 last season due to injuries. A back injury had prevented him from starting the season while he suffered a hamstring injury on his return to action.
The 17-year-old, a boyhood Arsenal fan, is versatile as he can play on both flanks, though he is left-footed and the club will be hoping he works towards breaking into the first-team. And he can also take a cue from Alex Iwobi who also graduated from the club’s academy and broke into their first-team.
Though getting a place in the first-team may be difficult at the initial stage with Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ahead of him, he may, however, get the chance to feature in domestic cup competitions. Arsene Wenger is known for giving young players the opportunity to shine at the club.