As reported by A Bola (written in Portuguese), Arsenal have signed promising 16 year old Portuguese to a 3 year contract.
The 16 year old Portuguese, who held a trial with the club before sealing his move, was also on trial with London club Fulham before deciding to team up with Arsene Wenger who has an impressive track record when it comes to moulding young players.
16 year old Jonatas Centeno, who was also a target for several other clubs in his native country Portugal, is looking for forward to make a rapid growth in his career; and may have chosen Arsenal because of their impressive academy.
Arsene has never hidden his admiration for young promising young talent; and Centeno may just have caught his attention with his talent. The young winger, who has been in England since 14 years, will immediately slot into the Arsenal academy team. The Arsenal youth team is likely to see some departures as the season draws to a close; and the capture of Centeno may just be an attempt by the club to fill any vacuum that might be created.
Centeno was a member of his country’s Under-15 and Under-16 teams before going out on trial with Fulham, and eventually Arsenal. The player who is likely to begin his career with the Under-18 squad of the Gunners is not expected to sign a professional contract yet until he turns at least 18.
The Arsenal youth team as composed is bubbling with a lot of talented players who are pushing to make headway into the main team. This season, players like Chuba Akpom, Gedeon Zelalam, and Jon Toral have all trained with the first team at various occasions.
One player with bright prospect who have not failed to impress whenever called upon is Serge Gnerbry, who has already scored for the first team. Centeno will be hoping to follow in not just Gnerbry’s footsteps, but also in the footsteps of players like Cesc Fabregas, Jack Wilshere, and a couple of others that have made their way to the main team.
We wish Jonatas Centeno all the best as he begins his playing career with Arsenal.