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Arsenal have confirmed that Brayden Clarke has signed a professional contract with the club.

The defender, 17, signed for Arsenal as a free agent in March after leaving Wolverhampton Wanderers late last year.

He is the son of former Premier League midfielder and Scotland international Nigel Quashie, but Clarke has represented Wales at international level.

“Since a young age, this is what I’ve dreamed of, from playing football at school and in Sunday league. It’s hopefully just the start, but a good step,” Clarke said. “The staff members and players have all been really welcoming. I think I’ve settled in quite quickly and have loads of games under my belt in a short amount of time.

“It was important to stay match fit last season and keep pushing through because I knew it was going to be tough, but I needed those games under my belt and it was good to perform well with the team.

“My goals are to perform consistently and hopefully push towards the under-21s after having a good start to the season. I want to enjoy my football and see where it takes me because it’s a big season for me.

“Seeing players like Bukayo and Emile, it’s really good because they’re at the highest level of the game now. It makes all of us hungry to push there because we know it’s possible.”

Clarke, who turned 17 earlier this month, made eight Arsenal under-18s appearances last season.

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