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Eddie Nketiah, not-Eddie Nketiahs sign new contracts

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Locking up the youth of today never felt so rewarding.

Arsenal v Norwich City - Carabao Cup Fourth Round Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Back in 2012, as we all know, Arsene Wenger made a big deal out of re-signing the “English British core” of the team - Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs, Carl Jenkinson, and Aaron Ramsey all signed on the same day, and Theo Walcott wasn’t far behind. That group, obviously, didn’t all go on to be Arsenal superstars, but Wenger hasn’t given up on the idea of a core of players all growing and improving together, either.

To that end, today, this happened:

They may not be as vaunted as the “English core”, but Eddie Nketiah is a very, very promising young player who has already seen some big minutes this year - he scored both goals in Arsenal’s Carabao Cup win over Norwich in October, and played a few minutes in the Europa League against BATE Borisov. It’s clear Arsenal see Nketiah as a big part of their future and it’s exciting to see him want to commit that future to the club.

Macey’s a goalkeeper, which makes his future a little less clear - he’s behind both Petr Cech and David Ospina in the pecking order, and he’s gone out on loan the last couple seasons - but the fact that, again, he’s chosen to hitch his career wagon to Arsenal is good news for the club.

Sheaf is still very much a work in progress - his only appearance for the senior team was as a 90th minute substitute in Arsenal’s Europa League match against Red Star Belgrade - but Wenger also has high hopes for this kid, and if he does, I do too.

All in all, a good day for what nobody’s calling The English Re-Core, or The English Core Part 2, or Let’s Core All Over Again. Anyway, congrats to these three kids, and here’s hoping they’ll repay Wenger’s faith with a lot of production in the years to come.