Former Charlton Athletic academy product Ryan Huddart has signed a new professional contract with Arsenal, having impressed for the youth sides over the last two campaigns.

The Englishman has played regularly for both the under-18’s and under-21’s this season and although he has yet to make his professional debut under Arsene Wenger, has trained regularly with the first-team squad and managed to make it on the bench in two UEFA Champions League ties – Borussia Dortmund and Anderlecht.

The 19-year-old has made 21 appearances for Arsenal this season and has represented his country at under-16 and under-17 youth levels and has been tipped for a bright future.

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With the likes of Emiliano Martinez, Matt Macey, David Ospina, Wojciech Szczesny as well as the experienced Petr Cech to contend with for a place in the first-team, it could be a long way until Huddart is given a real shot at first-team action, although he has certainly taken the best initial steps to getting there.

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