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‘Thought he’d stay’: Some Arsenal fans react as highly-rated 19-year-old prospect leaves on loan

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‘Thought he’d stay’: Some Arsenal fans react as highly-rated 19-year-old prospect leaves on loan

A number of Arsenal fans have wished Gunners academy ace Harry Clarke all the best after he left the Emirates Stadium on loan yesterday.

The 19-year-old defender embarks on the first loan spell of his career, linking up with Oldham until the end of January.

Clarke, who stands 6ft 2in, has been with Arsenal since 2015, when he joined the Gunners academy from hometown club Ipswich.

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The centre-back 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.

Most recently, Clarke captained Arsenal’s U21s against Crawley in their EFL Trophy win, and is also an England youth international.

He will hope to shore up an Oldham defence which currently sits bottom of the fourth tier, having conceded 13 goals in their opening five league fixtures.

Here is what some Arsenal fans – plus several Oldham supporters – on social media have made of Clarke’s move:

 
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