Having impressed after joining the club as a schoolboy, Luigi Gaspar signed scholarship terms with Arsenal last summer.
However, injury problems have meant that the midfielder has spent the vast majority of his first season as a scholar on the sidelines.
There was finally some positive news for the 17-year-old yesterday as he was included in the matchday squad for a competitive U18 game for the first time.
Gaspar entered the fray for the final nine minutes against Southampton, with the game ending in a 2-2 draw.
The Brazilian youngster will hope to make further appearances in the final six league games of the season, and there is also the possibility he could be called up for the FA Youth Cup squad if others are unavailable.
An impressive passer who is effective at breaking up play, Gaspar was previously at Corinthians before making the switch to Arsenal shortly after his father Edu was named as the Gunners’ technical director.
Given that he has missed a significant proportion of this season, Gaspar knows that next season will be hugely important for his development as he looks to show that he deserves a professional contract.