Arsenal have handed professional contracts to three youngsters – Ben Cottrell, Joel Lopez, and James Hillson who arrived on loan from Reading and has now signed a permanent deal.

Ben Cottrell signs for Arsenal. Arsenal Training Ground. London Colney, Herts, 2/7/19. Credit : Arsenal Football Club / David Price.
Ben Cottrell signs a new contract for Arsenal. Arsenal Training Ground. London Colney, Herts, 2/7/19. Credit : Arsenal Football Club / David Price.

Ben Cottrell is a 17-year-old attacking midfielder who was an integral part of the u18s title win with five goals and three assists in 21 appearances.

James Hillson signs for Arsenal. Arsenal Training Ground. London Colney, Herts, 2/7/19. Credit : Arsenal Football Club / David Price.
James Hillson signs for Arsenal. Arsenal Training Ground. London Colney, Herts, 2/7/19. Credit : Arsenal Football Club / David Price.

James Hillson is an 18-year-old goalkeeper who only joined the club, from Reading, back in February on loan. He has now completed his free transfer to Arsenal.

Joel Lopez signs a new contract for Arsenal. Highbury House. Emirates Stadium, 27/6/19. Credit : Arsenal Football Club / David Price.
Joel Lopez signs a new contract for Arsenal. Highbury House. Emirates Stadium, 27/6/19. Credit : Arsenal Football Club / David Price.

Joel Lopez is a 17-year-old left back poached from Barcelona last summer and who played 10 u18 Premier League matches last season, scoring one.