Arsenal Football Club is delighted to announce that young striker Zak Ansah has signed his first professional contract with the Club.

The England Youth International, who turned 17 earlier this month, rose through the academy ranks at Hale End to make his debut for the Under-18s at just 14. After three seasons with Steve Bould’s side, Ansah has racked up an impressive tally of 12 goals from his 20 appearances.

Zak, who joined Arsenal when he was ten years old, got his first taste of Reserve football in 2010/11, coming on as a substitute against Newcastle United at St. James’ Park, and was part of the Under-19s squad to travel to Texas, USA for the Dallas Cup in April, which he marked with a superb goal against Chorrillo FC.

Everyone at the Club is looking forward to Zak’s continued contribution and development with Arsenal in the forthcoming years.

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