Getting nice pair of sneakers or the latest Play Station will be seen as ideal birthday gifts for a 17-year old but there much more for Xavier Amaechi as he clocked 17 on Friday.

The highly-rated Nigerian-born youngster has signed his first professional contract with Premier League club, Arsenal.

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A statement on the official Arsenal website said: “We would like to congratulate Xavier on his new contract and look forward to his continued progress at the club.”

Amaechi, who has featured for both Arsenal's under-23s and under-18s this season, has been with the Gunners since the age of 12, having joined the London club in August 2013.

Amaechi, a left-footed winger blessed with searing pace, is considered the best player in his age group at the Hale End and he is being tipped to make it up the ranks at the Emirates.

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