Arsenal’s James Sweet has signed a professional contract with the club, the last of the out-of-contract youngsters to commit to a new deal.

James Sweet signing his professional contract with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal.com)
James Sweet signing his professional contract with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal.com)

Arsenal confirmed on Friday that young midfielder James Sweet has signed his first professional contract with the club.

Sweet was the last of Arsenal’s youngsters to have his new deal confirmed, with Billy Vigar, Henry Jeffcott, Charles Sagoe Jr., Taylor Foran, and Mauro Bandeira all having their professional contracts announced after their scholarship deals ran out last month.

“It feels amazing,” James said. “I’ve supported this club since I was a young boy and I’m excited to keep going.”

Sweet led the Arsenal academy in assists last season, providing nine in all competitions, the same as Mika Biereth. He also scored once to hit double figures for goal contributions.

That creativity in midfield and his versatility to play centrally or out wide made him an important part of Dan Micciche’s u18 team.

ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND: James Sweet of Arsenal controls the ball during the FA Youth Cup 3rd Round match between Rotherham United U18 and Arsenal U18 at AESSEAL New York Stadium on December 15, 2020 in Rotherham, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND: James Sweet of Arsenal controls the ball during the FA Youth Cup 3rd Round match between Rotherham United U18 and Arsenal U18 at AESSEAL New York Stadium on December 15, 2020. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Now 18, Sweet will be stepping up to the u21s under new boss Mehmet Ali this year.

He’s yet to make his debut at that level, so it will be interesting to see how he handles the step up.

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