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Arsenal secure three youngsters to new deals

Arsenal have secured three youngsters to new deals.

Ben Cottrell, James Hillson and Joel Lopez have been rewarded with their first professional contracts for the club.

Arsenal under-18s were crowned champions of the U-18 Premier League South last term, with Cottrell and Lopez playing integral roles, while Hillson signed on loan during the season.

Cottrell is a young attacking midfielder and an Arsenal Academy graduate, who scored five and assisted three in 21 league appearances last season.

Hillson is an 18-year-old goalkeeper who joined the club on an initial loan deal from Reading in February 2019.

Lopez joined as a scholar in July 2018 from Barcelona. The 17-year-old left-back is a product of Barcelona's La Masia academy.

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