Young German defender Leander Siemann has signed professional terms with the Club.

Siemann, who turned 17 last week, joined Arsenal last year from Hertha Berlin after a successful trial period at London Colney.

Although predominantly a centre-back, the technically-accomplished youngster has shown his versatility for the under-18s this season, where he has featured regularly at right back.

His good form at academy level earned a first outing for Terry Burton’s under-21s on Monday night, when he was an assured second-half substitute in the 0-0 draw with Blackburn Rovers.

Everyone at Arsenal would like to congratulate Leander on his first professional contract and we look forward to his continued progression with the Club.

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