Former Arsenal prodigy nets brace, starring at League One leaders

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The 22-year-old youngster scored a brace as Bristol City continued at the top of League One.

Ex Gunners youngster Luke Freeman is managing to rebuild his career in League One, scoring a brace this weekend against Peterborough United.

Signed for £200,000 from Gillingham in 2008 as a much hyped 15-year-old, Freeman starred in Arsenal's youth and reserve sides, and was noted by Arsene Wenger as being "a very interesting prospect."

But though Wenger likes to give his young players chances in League Cup competitions, Freeman never made his Arsenal debut, and instead took in couple of loan spells to lower division sides between 2010 and 2012.

One of these loans, up the road from North London with Stevenage, saw the 22-year-old signed on a permanent deal, and Freeman went on to make 128 appearances for the Boro, scoring 17 goals.

That form convinced Bristol City to snap him up this summer despite Freeman extending his contract at Broadhall Way earlier this year, and the youngster has played a vital role for the Robins as they sought to return to the Championship.

The West Country club are currently perched at the top of the division, just ahead of rivals Swindon, and Freeman has underlined his importance by appearing in every league game this season, with his best game yet coming in the 3-0 win over Peterborough at London Road.

Though Arsenal fans never got to see the forward turn out for the first team, it looks like Freeman may gradually be working his way up towards the chance to play Premier League football.

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