By Nick Teale

When a player makes his first appearance in an Arsenal squad, he is required to undertake an initiation.
 
For Conor Henderson, that meant singing on the team coach en route to Wigan last weekend.
 
With first-team midfielders Denilson, Alex Song, Cesc Fabregas, Andrey Arshavin and Aaron Ramsey all sidelined, the 18-year-old was named on the bench for Sunday's Premier League trip to the DW Stadium.
 
It was the first time the midfielder had been selected for first-team duties and, speaking on Monday, he explained how he found out about his inclusion.
 
"It was the day before, so I found out on Saturday," Henderson told Arsenal.com. "Neil [Banfield, the Reserve-team manager] came and spoke to me and explained I would be in the squad. It was a nice surprise more than anything.
 
"The players all made me feel at home, I had to sing so that was a bit nerve-wracking! I did a song from Mario called 'Let Me Love You,' but it went well and everyone laughed so it was alright.
 
"Just to be included was massive for me, I was so happy to be going with the squad. If that happens again it's a bonus, if not then I'll just try and play my best in the youth team.
 
"I know what I have to work on to improve my game, so I'll do that work and hopefully I'll be a better player next season."
 
After returning from Wigan the midfielder joined the Reserve team for Monday's trip to Portsmouth. He is also a part of the youth team squad which has made it to the Academy League Play-Offs with three Group A games to play.
 
The Under-18s were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup after a Fourth Round defeat to Ipswich Town in January. But after topping their Academy League they now face a play-off against the winners of Group C and then a potential Final in May.
 
"Overall it was a good team performance and a good win," said Henderson after the Reserves' win at Portsmouth. "We scored three amazing goals; all good strikes. It was nice to finish the season on a high.
 
"We still have games in the youth team to play. I can't wait for the play-offs.
 
"It was a shame to get knocked out of the Youth Cup but the play-offs give us something to play for and something to win. Because we are out of the Youth Cup everybody wants to win that a little bit more.
 
"If we win that it will take a bit of the edge off losing in the Youth Cup."

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