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Arsenal set to sign released Reading goalkeeper amid pre-season clue

The 18-year-old joined the Gunners on loan from Reading towards the end of last season.

Hillson arrived in February, primarily to provide cover for the injured Under-18 team stopper Karl Hein.

He recently posted an Instagram story from Arsenal’s London Colney training ground following his release from Reading.

The update appears to indicate that a permanent deal could transpire, although this has yet to be confirmed.

Arsenal set to sign released Reading goalkeeper amid pre-season clue

ARSENAL are preparing to sign goalkeeper James Hillson as an understudy to Bernd Leno.

The 18-year-old joined the Gunners on loan from Reading towards the end of last season.

Hillson arrived in February, primarily to provide cover for the injured Under-18 team stopper Karl Hein.

He recently posted an Instagram story from Arsenal’s London Colney training ground.

The update appears to indicate that a permanent deal could transpire, although this has yet to be confirmed.

Hillson he did not actual represent the Gunners at youth level last campaign.

However, he did feature in the Dallas Cup, the oldest and international youth soccer tournament in the United States.

He also made the bench for the U23s and the U18s in addition to training with the first-team on several occasions.

The goalkeeper cut short a spell at Salisbury FC to head to the Emirates Stadium last term.

Salisbury boss Steve Claridge said: ”James is a great lad and has done a tremendous job for us alongside Jake Hallett. 

We wish him the very best in what could be a major step forward in his career.”

Arsenal have plenty of competition for goalkeeping places at youth level.

Matt Macey, Deyan Iliev and Arthur Okonkwo will all be battling for the U23s No1 shirt.

Meanwhile, Hein, Tom Smith, Hubert Graczyk and Ovie Ejeheri are in contention for the U18s. 

Leno usurped Petr Cech as Unai Emery’s primary gloveman last season.

And he has informed his manager that he wants to play every Gunners game this season.

Hillson did not actually represent the Gunners at youth level last campaign.

However, he did feature in the Dallas Cup, the oldest international youth soccer tournament in the United States.

He also made the bench for the U23s and the U18s in addition to training with the first team on several occasions.

The goalkeeper cut short a spell at Salisbury FC to head to the Emirates Stadium last term.

Salisbury boss Steve Claridge said: ”James is a great lad and has done a tremendous job for us alongside Jake Hallett.

“We wish him the very best in what could be a major step forward in his career.”

Arsenal have plenty of competition for goalkeeping places at youth level.

Matt Macey, Deyan Iliev and Arthur Okonkwo will all be battling for the U23s No.1 shirt.

Meanwhile, Hein, Tom Smith, Hubert Graczyk and Ovie Ejeheri are in contention for the U18s.

Leno usurped Petr Cech as Unai Emery’s primary glovesman last season.

And he has informed his manager that he wants to play every Gunners game this season.

Original article: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/788921/Arsenal-transfer-news-James-Hillson-Reading-goalkeeper

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