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Ismeal Kabia: "I want to strive for more"

Ismeal Kabia sat down with Arsenal.com for his first interview after signing a new professional contract with the club.

Right winger Ismeal made the step up to our under-21s team last season, making 11 appearances in Premier League 2 Division One and appearing twice in the play-offs.

He also featured for Jack Wilshere’s under-18s side in the U18 Premier League and FA Youth Cup and represented us in Europe in the UEFA Youth League.

Speaking to Arsenal.com, Ismael said: “It’s been a long time coming and I’m very happy, having been at the club for a long time. I’m just proud that I’ve achieved this milestone.

“It was a very easy decision because I’ve been here for a while. Me and my family support Arsenal as well, so there wasn’t much of a discussion.

“The club has fed me a lot of good information, not only as a player but off the field as well to be respectful. The mentality that this club has has pushed me through life and football.

“Now that I’ve played under-21s football I know what it’s like. I know the intensity, I know what’s required of you as a player. Now I want to strive for more.

“I want to thank my family, especially my dad. He’s pushed me even though we had some hard arguments and discussions. I want to thank my family here and in America, and also my friends because they’ve helped me through hard times.

“The aim is to get a full season of football in without any injuries or problems, then trying to play to the best of my ability.”

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Watch our U21s in action against Boreham Wood

Nathan Butler-Oyedeji, Ismeal Kabia and Zane Monlouis in training

Get the first chance this season to watch our U21s in a friendly against Boreham Wood on Saturday, July 13.

Tickets are still available for the tie, which kicks off at the Mangata Pay UK Stadium at 3pm. 

This will be the first of six pre-season matches for Mehmet Ali's side as we gear up for the 2024/25 Premier League 2 season.

With several of our Gunners committing their futures to the club this summer, the fixture against the National League South outfit marks the perfect opportunity to catch our young pros in action. 

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