He may not be able to help Arsenal with the current injury crisis causing havoc to Arsene Wenger’s plans, especially on the defensive side of things, but if Stefan O’Connor can continue to improve the way he has been doing, the Gunners will soon start to reap the benefits of the central defender’s talents.
17-year old O.Connor will be an Arsenal player for the next three years at least, after he signed his first professional contract with the club, according to a report in The Daily Express. The talented teenager is thought to have a bright future ahead of him and has already impressed Arsene Wenger and the new head of the academy Andries Jonkers.
O’Connor played 25 times for the Arsenal academy last season and his quick learning and attributes, which are said to include being very calm on the ball and great aerial ability have already seen him training with the first team squad this season.
With the likes of Hector Bellerin, Isaac Hayden and Semi Ajayi already knocking on the door of the Arsenal first team defence, as well as some excellent midfield and attacking options like Chuba Akpom, Benik Afobe, Gedion Zelalem, Daniel Crowley coming through, Jonkers and his colleague have a great chance of taking the academy on to the next level as the former head Liam Brady challenged them to do.