Photo: Arsenal new signing poses with Jersey, says move is “exciting”

While the fans of Arsenal have set their sight on the confirmation of Alexandre’s Lacazette’s deal, the management of the Club have a plot to secure its future – this can well be achieved if the youth set-up continues to churn out talents.

Arsenal’s new signing Jordan McEneff has made bare his mind about completing a dream move to Arsenal, stating that he’s looking to get going at the Club.

The Irish youngster was handed a two-year scholarship with the Club after impressing on trials. He’s part of the 12 scholars that have joined Arsenal.

McEneff had the recommendation of the Gunners head of recruitment, Steve Morrow, who is also for Ireland but he justified his recommendation by impressive the coaches of Arsenal. There were only 12 spots for the scholarship scheme and the 16-year-old secured a place for himself.

I’m probably the first Irish person over here in a good few years as well which is even better. The last two years have gone quick so now it’s only the start,” he told the Coleraine Times.

“I’m the only one not from England that they’ve signed, so obviously that’s a good sign. And they can pick from anywhere really. The manager was saying, everyone might come over and think it’s going to be easy but they told us it was going to be hard work. Hopefully I do my best, impress and get into the first team some day.”

The attacking midfielder is the younger brother of former Tottenham star Aaron and he reckons that he hopes to ascend to the highest grades of the Gunners squad.

“I’ve settled in really well in London. I know all the boys at the digs from coming over this past couple of years. When you’re at Arsenal it’s obviously the aim to one day play for the first team,” he said.

“So I’m playing for the next contract and hopefully I can get a bigger and better one and then move on through the ranks – up to the U23s and then on to the first team some day. It’s exciting. Especially when people back home are so supportive.”

McEneff can take a cue from Alex Iwobi, who is the latest player to establish himself as a star for Arsenal from the youth set up.