Arsenal is delighted to announce that young defender Elton Monteiro has signed his first professional contract with the Club.

The Swiss defender, who celebrated his 17th birthday on Tuesday, has been a regular for Steve Bould’s Premier Academy League side, with 18 appearances to his name so far this season.

Everyone at the Club looks forward to Elton’s continued development with Arsenal in the forthcoming years.

Elton Monteiro and Arsene Wenger

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