Arsenal sign England under-16 midfielder Ben Sheaf from West Ham

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Arsenal have signed England U16 midfielder Ben Sheaf from West Ham United.

The North Londoners have signed midfield prospect and England U16 midfielder Ben Sheaf report The Metro after the 16-year-old turned down a new contract with the East London outfit.

The teenager has appeared for England at youth level and is hailed as a promising prospect to add to the Gunners’ ranks – the academy that brought through the likes of Jack Wilshere.

Arsenal have a strong tradition of bringing through young players with the likes of Gedion Zelalem, Serge Gnabry and Yaya Sanogo currently fighting hard to break into the first team at the Emirates where manager Arsene Wenger is always keen to give youngsters a chance to prove their worth.

Sheaf will join the Arsenal U18 squad from which Zelalem, Hector Bellerin, and Thomas Eisfield have recently moved on from to join the under-18’s at the Emirates in the hope of graduating to the next level with the first team.

Sheaf will be hopeful of emulating the break into the first team made by Wilshere and Wales international Aaron Ramsey – both were granted first-team opportunities under Arsene Wenger, Wilshere at just 16 years of age and Ramsey at 18 years of age before becoming two of the Premier League’s most coveted and complete midfield players.

With the likes of Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Thomas Rosicky now well into the twilight years of their careers, the time for new talent to make the grade at the Emirates couldn’t be better – the opportunity for young players to come in and stake their claim in competitions like the League Cup and FA Cup is something young Sheaf will be eager to gain.

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