Date: 27th July 2017 at 9:36am
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Arsenal have confirmed a first professional contract was this week signed by teenager forward Nathan Tormey.

The length of 17 year old winger Tormey’s deal wasn’t actually revealed but the deal was on the Official Website.

A statement read: ‘Congratulations to Nathan Tormey, who has signed his first professional contract with the club.

‘Nathan, 17, is a technically gifted and pacey winger. A boyhood Arsenal fan, he joined our Hale End academy at under-12 level. We all look forward to Nathan’s continued progress with the club this season.’

Will Tormey be involved in the Emirates Cup at the weekend? It is possible but perhaps unlikely?

However, having returned to pre-season training this week at London Colney a quartet could.

Involved on Wednesday were Hector Bellerin, Calum Chambers, Rob Holding and Jack Wilshere so they could well, in fact in most cases, probably would be involved against Sevilla and Benfica.

Almost certain to feature at the Emirates though is Mesut Ozil.

Looking ahead to the competition the midfielder, which of course involves RB Leipzig, Sevilla and Benfica, with Arsenal facing the Spanish and Portuguese clubs, Ozil has been speaking to the Official Website about the importance of the pre-season tournament.

‘We want to test ourselves against big teams and if we play against strong opponents where we can show what we can do, it does the team good. They are two technically-gifted teams who will give everything. Our aim has to be to get positive results against them and that`s what we want to do in the Emirates Cup.’

Arsenal’s meeting with Benfica could see Chris Willock make a swift return to north London after leaving for a new career in Portugal. In actual fact Chris could even come up against his younger brother Joe, who remains part of the Gunners’ academy.

Ozil remembers Willock from some training session he was involved with the first team and recalls him as a ‘very good player’ who he wished well at Benfica.

‘He trained with us now and then, and was a very good player, very hungry. I wish him all the best there. For him it`s an opportunity to show his former club what he can do. Like I said, I trained with him a few times and he`s a good footballer.’

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