By Obaloluwa Joshua, LAGOS

Ethan Nwaneri has expressed his excitement after penning his first professional contract with the Arsenal.

Nwaneri, who has been with the Gunners since the age of nine committed his future to the club by putting pen to paper on long-term contract.

The 17-year-old said he is looking forward to bright future at the Emirates Stadium.

“I’m delighted to have finally got to this stage after all the hard work over so many years,” he said to the club’s media.

“It’s a proud moment for me and my family to finally be here, so I’m happy and ready to keep working.

“It was the dream to get to this stage. I’ve always thought about when this day would come and I’ve been looking forward to it, so I’m happy it’s finally here.

” I didn’t have to think about it – this is my family and it feels like home here.

“Everyone’s like a family together and they care about everyone. It feels so special to me here,” PNO SPORTS quoted him as saying.

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“All the people around me have helped me get better as a person, and definitely helped me develop as a player on the pitch. The opportunities from Mikel, all the under-21 coaches, under-18s coaches – they’ve all helped me develop so I’m grateful to them.”