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Arsenal starlet Chris Willock signs five-year deal with Benfica logo 30-06-2017

Arsenal youngster Chris Willock has signed a five-year deal with Benfica.

Willock's contract with the Gunners was set to expire on July 1 and the 19-year-old has rejected a extension to remain with the club.

Chris Willock has signed a five-year deal with Benfica after rejecting a contract extension at Arsenal. Announcement expected shortly.

— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) June 30, 2017 The England youth international was one of the most highly-rated players in Arsenal's academy set up and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger revealed towards the end of last season that he had high hopes for Willock.

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“Chris is a very gifted player with natural strength and natural talent,” Wenger told the Arsenal's matchday programme. “He has what you do not find very easily.

“Overall I would be very comfortable to play him now but of course there is a lot of competition for places because there are players like Walcott, Alexis and Welbeck in front of him at the moment.

“If I had to play him then I would have no fear in doing so. Next season I think he will be a player who will get to feature in the team.” Willock has regularly trained with the Arsenal first team and was named on the bench for the FA Cup win away to Hull City last season.

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