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Jack Wilshere blown away after Arsenal transfer as newest superstar makes debut

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Arsenal newbie Brayden Clarke enjoyed an impressive first game since joining the club as he played 90 minutes for the Under-18s in an 8-3 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday. The match came just hours after the Gunners announced his signing.

Clarke joined from Wolves for what is expected to be a free transfer despite moves for teenagers often including a compensation fee.football.london understands that is not the case for this deal, though.

Wolves and Arsenal agreed a move for the 16-year-old last month. The Welshman didn’t hang around in having an impact at his new club either. Despite only training with his teammates for the first time on Thursday, it was immediately into the side for Clarke.

Initially, it looked like things might not go to plan for Clarke as Palace equalised through Jesse Derry at the Sobha Realty Training Centre following Harrison Dudziak’s opener. Jack Wilshere’s men hit back strongly though and entered the break 4-1 up after a brace from Chido Obi-Martin as part of a four-goal haul that he grabbed on the day.

Osman Kamara and Theo Julienne also got in on the act as Arsenal won a first Under-18 Premier League match since January 27 after a run of two losses and a draw. The result leaves them in fifth place but within two points of Fulham in third with a game in hand.

Clarke will be aiming to help improve the position of the side in the final months of the season as he continues to play up the age groups. For Wilshere, he is showing some brilliant signs already.

Talk about personality and courage to play, the first time he trained with us was on Thursday,” the coach explained afterwards. “He trained yesterday and played today 90 minutes. We weren’t sure if he’d get through the game so I asked him around 60 minutes how he was and he said ‘yeah I’m fine.’

“The way he understood our style after only two days is credit to him. He’s very good technically, can manage the ball and look after the ball and I thought against Palace you’ve got to defend direct play and he did that really well.”

Clarke has generated quite the hype around him already after becoming a regular for Wales’ youth sides already. He was part of their Under-17 European Championships campaign last summer.

As a centre-back also capable of playing on the right of defence, Clarke played 18 times for Wolves’ academy sides and has earned a lot of praise in his brief career to date. Elite player development manager at Wolves, Darren Ryan, said of Clarke last year, “He plays through the lines really well and he’s very comfortable on the ball.

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