Catalin Cirjan’s agent stated this week that the youngster will now only train with the first-team squad.
The Romanian youngster has made excellent progress since joining Arsenal in 2019. Ahead of this season he was promoted to the U23s despite still being eligible for the U18s, while this campaign he has produced some encouraging performances for the second string.
An excellent passer and dribbler, Cirjan was mainly deployed as a central or attacking midfielder during his first season at the club, but this year has often been used on the right wing.
The 18-year-old has been training with the first-team regularly in recent weeks and it appears that he will now do so on a full-time basis.
Cirjan’s agent said that the prospect is waiting patiently for his Premier League debut and, with nine substitutes now permitted to be named on the bench, it is possible that he could be involved at some stage.
With his ability to unlock defences, Cirjan possesses qualities that the first-team would benefit from, although it is anticipated that he will still mainly play for the U23s in the second half of the season.