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First senior goal, 12 clearances in one game, loved by fans – 19-year-old Arsenal defender shining on loan

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First senior goal, 12 clearances in one game, loved by fans – 19-year-old Arsenal defender shining on loan

Arsenal academy defender Harry Clarke has been making quite a name for himself away from the Emirates Stadium on loan.

In October, the 19-year-old Gunners youngster linked up with Oldham, who were at the foot of League Two when he arrived with 13 goals conceded in their opening five league games.

The Latics have since turned a corner, winning three and drawing one of their last six games to climb up to 20th in the table, seven points clear of the bottom two.

Oldham Athletic v Carlisle United - Sky Bet League 2

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In addition, they’ve made it into the second round of the FA Cup following a 3-2 win over Hampton & Richmond, and Clarke has been instrumental in their upturn in form.

He has made six appearances for Oldham to date, with five in the league and one in the cup, also registering one goal, a late winner against Cheltenham last time out.

In terms of how Clarke has done performance-wise, Whoscored lists five his league appearances, and he’s scored above a 7 twice – one of those was above an 8, in fact.

The latter rating was against Cheltenham, and in that game, he not only scored an 85th-minute winner, but also made a crucial goalline clearance minutes earlier.

In that match, Clarke made a total of 12 clearances, one interception, one blocked shot, and boasted a passing accuracy of 82.4 percent.

Here’s what some Oldham fans were saying about him after that game:

 

Clarke has been with Arsenal since 2015, when he joined the Gunners academy from hometown club Ipswich.

He signed his first professional contract with Arsenal in August 2018, and following an impressive season with the Under-23s, penned a new deal in December 2019.

More recently, the 6ft 2in gem captained the Gunners U21s against Crawley in their EFL Trophy win, and is also an England youth international.

Clarke is definitely one to watch and, luckily for Arsenal, one of several top defensive prospects at the club, along with Mark McGuinness and Daniel Ballard.

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