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Arsenal Sign 15-Year-Old Swedish Defender Da Graca

Da Graca gives the thumbs up to his move to North London. Image: fotbolltransfers.com

Da Graca gives the thumbs up to his move to North London. Image: fotbolltransfers.com

It will most probably give Arsenal fans another excuse to will have even more reason to scrunch their fists in anger at Arsene Wenger’s transfer policy, but the club has made another signature – 15-year-old Kristopher Da Graca.

The Swedish defender, who started his youth career at Hisingbacka FC, near Gothenburg, has previously trialled at Chelsea, Spurs, Aston Villa and Malmo but has put pen to paper on a deal with Arsenal.

He will not sign a scholarship at the North London side because of his age until the start of next season.

Da Graca told Swedish media: “It’s wonderful, it’s like a dream come true. I cannot describe how excited I am about this.”

However, it seems any big opportunity will do for Da Graca who said “Yes, that’s right, it’s absolutely wonderful. I do not mind moving here,” upon an unsuccessful trial at Arsenal’s fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

The 15-year-old usually plays in the centre of defence but has also played as a defensive midfielder before.

Da Graca will begin life in the Under 16 squad, according to Jeorge Bird’s Arsenal Youth, but could make a step up into the under 18s as the campaign grows older.

Despite being Swedish, Da Graca is eligible to represent Bosnia and Herzegovina because of his heritage.



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