Arsenal have confirmed that 20-year-old keeper James Hillson has signed a new contract with the club.
Hillson joined the Gunners at the end of the 2018/19 season and signed a first professional contract a few months later.
Due to his homegrown status, he was registered on the club’s A-list for the Europa League but according to our resident Academy expert Jeorge Bird, he’s considered to be behind Karl Hein and Arthur Okwonko in the club’s pecking order.
Hillson’s extension comes at a time when the Gunners are said to be on the hunt for further backup to Bernd Leno following the departure of Matt Macey.
Mikel Arteta sanctioned the summer recruitment of Alex Runarsson from Dijon in the aftermath of Emi Martinez’s move to Aston Villa but it now sounds as though the deal was a short-term stop-gap.
Arsenal are believed to be willing to let Runarsson leave on loan in January if they can find a suitable candidate with Barcelona’s Neto and Newcastle United’s Freddie Woodman touted as possible targets.
Neto, 31, has reportedly told Ronald Koeman he wants to leave the Nou Camp this month while Woodman, 23, is earning plaudits for his performances on loan at Swansea in the Championships. Woodman’s dad, Andy, is head of goalkeeping at the Arsenal Academy.
Arsenal also confirmed that 18-year-old centre-back Alex Kirk has signed a new contract. Congratulations to him and James.