Catalin Cirjan has signed a new contract with Arsenal, with the club also confirming his recovery from a serious knee injury.
FIFA restrict first professional deals to a maximum length of three years. As a result, Cirjan would have been out of contract by next summer, so now is a good time for a new deal.
Another justification for an extension is that Arsenal add that Cirjan has recently recovered from his knee injury.
The 19-year-old hasn’t played since April 2021, but it looks like he’ll finally be back in action when the new season kicks off.
Cirjan had made a strong start to his Arsenal youth career, impressing with the u18s enough to earn 14 u23 appearances last season.
A midfielder who can also play out wide, Cirjan is very technical and a hard worker off the ball. He’ll chase down lost causes and press opponents into mistakes, so he’s well suited to a Mikel Arteta side in that regard.
For now, the teenager will be taking things step by step. If he can get involved with the u23s in pre-season and play regularly for the side in the upcoming campaign, he can then start to think about his first-team ambitions after that.