Arsenal have moved swiftly to add two new recruits to their professional ranks after seeing huge progress in both keeper Karl Hein and forward Trae Coyle. Both players have signed professional contracts with the Gunners and can now continue with their progress as they go about trying to make a name for themselves at the Emirates Stadium.
Estonian keeper Hein, who is aged 17, joined the north London outfit from FC Nomme United (from a district near the capital Tallinn and who play in the Esiliiga B, third-highest division in the Estonian football) last season on a scholarship contract. And he has since shown bags of potential and thanks to the tutelage of coach Ken Gillard, a former Republic of Ireland under-21 ace, he has come on leaps and bounds.
Hein made five appearances in the U18 Premier League last season — and he also managed to keep a clean sheet on his FA Youth Cup debut against Northampton Town. An Arsenal spokesman said:
“Everyone at the club would like to congratulate Karl on his new contract — and we look forward to his continued development.”
It’s no surprise to Gunners fans who follow the youth set-up at the club that the powers that be have recommended to boss Unai Emery that attacker Coyle be offered a professional contract. The exciting academy graduate, who is aged 18, was hugely impressive for both the U18s and U23s in the season that has just finished.
He was deadly in front of goal and managed to bag eight goals in 14 appearances for Gillard’s side; ultimately this helped the outfit collect the U18 Premier League South title and his contribution has obviously not gone unrewarded.
England youth international Coyle, who also made eight Premier League 2 appearances. joined Arsenal in May 2009 at the tender age of just eight-year-old. And he could well feature in Arsenal U23’s first pre-season friendly fixture next month when the young Gunners go to non-league Boreham Wood FC on July 6. And, who knows, if he does well he could even travel with the first team as they head to America for a summer tour. He is one to keep an eye on for sure.
Across the pond, Arsenal will be up against the Colorado Rapids in Denver, followed by game against Bayern Munich, Fiorentina and Real Madrid as part of the International Champions Cup. Emery’s troops will be in action again when the club hosts the tenth Emirates Cup on Sunday, July 28 at the Emirates Stadium in which they will play French outfit Lyon after the women’s side take on Bayern Munich. The final game of the pre-season schedule comes when they face Barcelona in the Gamper Trophy at the Nou Camp on Sunday, August 4.