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Arsenal gems Charlie Patino and Omari Hutchinson react to 'superb' Friday news

Arsenal academy duo Charlie Patino and Omari Hutchinson have congratulated Jack Henry-Francis after he signed his first professional contract.

The 18-year-old famously dazzled fans with an incredible friendly performance in pre-season.

Henry-Francis came off the bench in the friendly away at Hibernian in July, replacing Mohamed Elneny with 17 minutes to go.

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He thoroughly impressed fans with his movement, quick distribution and desire to have the ball.

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Henry-Francis also played a part in Emile Smith Rowe’s goal on 82 minutes, a consolation effort in a 2-1 defeat.

Friday’s contract news is the next step in an impressive upward trajectory for the talented playmaker.

Henry-Francis was a fringe player for Arsenal’s Under-18s at the start of last season but it didn’t take him long to make his mark.

In the first three months of the campaign, he made just two substitute appearances.

Then, he then nailed down a first-team spot in Ken Gillard’s XI.

And by the end of the season, Henry-Francis had even started a few games for the Under-23s.

Patino and Hutchinson, two of the most talented youngsters in the Arsenal ranks, both took to Twitter to congratulate their teammate:

Arsenal’s U18s are next in action on Saturday morning, facing Norwich away in the U18 Premier League.

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