Arsenal hope 18-year-old forward signs contract as Mikel Arteta makes key contract decisions

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Arsenal are still hopeful that Khayon Edwards will sign a new contract with the club, football.london understand. The 18-year-old is currently on a scholarship deal which expires this summer and talks have been ongoing over a new contract for several months.

Edwards has scored 17 goals and six assists for the academy this season, with only Folarin Balogun involved in more goals at youth level.

Most of his appearances have come for the Under-18s and it is understood that Edwards, who shares the same agent as Bukayo Saka and Balogun, is closing in on signing a new contract with the club.

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The majority of sophomores have been offered new contracts with deals in place on many, while others are still in negotiations over signing. However, football.london has learned that young goalkeeper Remy Mitchell has not been offered a professional contract.

Academy leader Per Mertesacker recently spoke in a youth development webinar about his overall vision for the creation of “Strong Young Gunners”.

“I think it was formulated four years ago, in my last season as a player (2017/18),” Mertesacker said. “I came up with a framework of what I believe, from my own experience and also talking to people.

“Strong Young Gunners means it’s our vision where we want our players to remain strong in all scenarios they will face. We are passionate about creating young people who can take on any challenge and we have a history and a rich legacy to which we want to honor and continue.”

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