Catalin Cirjan joined Arsenal from Romanian side Viitorul Domnesti over the summer, fulfilling a childhood dream of his.
If you follow the academy, you’ll know 17-year-old Cirjan is in double figures for appearances for the Arsenal u18s this season, providing a few assists along the way. He also scored a nice first goal for the academy in the u18 Premier League Cup.
The midfielder joined from Romania over the summer, and he signed his first professional contract just after his 17th birthday in December.
What you may not have known about Cirjan, is that he followed Arsenal even as a child. The teenager’s father told Daily Cannon his son was a “Thierry Henry fan”. He also provided the video to prove Catalin supported the Gunners at just 4 years old.
17-year-old Romanian midfielder Catalin Cirjan joined Arsenal over the summer.
His father gave me permission to post this video of his son (a “Thierry Henry fan”) as a child. He’s living his dream. pic.twitter.com/8eSesK25n9
— Dan Critchlow (@afcDW) January 27, 2020
From his childhood “dreams” (as Cirjan Sr. put it) to reality. There’s still a long way to go to reach the first team, of course. There’s no better motivation than to play for the club you grew up watching though.
We wish Cirjan the best for the rest of the season with the u18s.