After missing the first month of the season through injury, Conor Henderson continued his development as a regular in the Reserves and was rewarded with his senior debut in an FA Cup replay against Leyton Orient in March.

Playing on the left of the Arsenal midfield, the teenager played the full 90 minutes at Emirates Stadium and excited fans with his obvious technical ability.

Although that was to be his only taste of first-team football, Conor continued as a mainstay in the Reserves, making 13 appearances.

His only goal of the campaign was a trademark free-kick against Wolves as Neil Banfield’s second-string battled back from two goals down to rescue a point.

“It was nice to play the whole game and it was a really nice occasion. I was a little bit nervous before we were walking out but not as nervous as I thought I would be. The players encouraged me and that really helped.”

Competition Appearances Goals
League 0 0
FA Cup 1 0
Carling Cup 0 0
Champions League
0 0
Reserve League South 13 1
Totals 14 1

Conor impressed on his first-team debut against Leyton Orient, slotting seamlessly into the team on the left flank and showing off his cultured left foot.

Conor Henderson against Leyton Orient

Conor Henderson in action against Leyton Orient

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14 Jun 2011