By Pranav Shahaney

2nd May, 2022 | 1:15pm

Arsenal teenager Khayon Edwards signs long-term deal - report

Arsenal teenager Khayon Edwards has reportedly signed a long-term deal, ending speculation about his immediate future this summer.

According to the Athletic, Chelsea and Brighton were among the clubs keen on securing his services were he to leave at the end of the season.

However, the 18-year-old has put pen to paper on a new deal as his scholarship at the Emirates Stadium was set to end.

Good move

Arsenal have put plenty of focus on their academy under Mikel Arteta.

Being a young manager, he’s doing as much as he can to involve the younger players in the first team.

It’s easier to mould them to play a certain philosophy at that age and it makes sense to keep Edwards on for the foreseeable future.

Given Arsenal’s attacking crisis, the teenager could very well feature in the first team next season.

Arteta will clearly want to work with him in the pre season campaign and if he’s impressed by him, then he will not shy away from putting him in the first team.

A loan move is currently not on the agenda so there clearly is a first-team plan for Edwards sooner rather than later.

He did have an injury-ravaged campaign in 2021/22 and hopefully, next season gets better as playing minutes are vital at that stage in his career.

Folarin Balogun and Tyreece John-Jules are two other young strikers Edwards will be compared against as they all look to break into the senior side.

In other Arsenal news, yet another youth attacker may be in line for his first-team debut soon with Alexandre Lacazette injured.