Arsenal have confirmed that highly-rated attacker Marcelo Flores has signed professional terms with the club.
The 17-year-old was recruited from Ipswich in July 2019 and has since been a regular in our under-18s ever since.
A British passport holder, he was born in Canada and has been capped by Mexico at youth level. In the words of the club, “he is known for his agility, pace and creativity.”
His dad also thinks he has what it takes to succeed at Arsenal. In a recent interview with Mexican publication Milenio, he said: “Two years ago Bukayo Saka used to play where Marcelo is playing now and last year he made his debut in the Champions League.
“Now they have given him a contract with the first team, he played all the games and is now a first team player.
“So, to put it in perspective, in two years Marcelo could be playing for Arsenal’s first team if the results come. That’s why they want to give him a professional contract.
“In addition, Per Mertesacker, world champion with Germany and former captain of Arsenal, is the director of the Academy and he has a lot of faith in him and he’s very excited to have Marcelo.
“They have treated him wonderfully and he offered him this contract for five years.”
Best of luck to Marcelo.