It may not be the most glamorous signing in the world, but Arsenal have got the ball running for summer by signing the 19-year-old free agent George Lewis. Lewis is eligible to play for the Norwegian national team, despite being born in Rwanda. He primarily plays as a winger, though given his age, he is able to manipulate his position should his new boss desire.
According to the Mirror, Arsenal are yet to confirm the deal but his former club’s sporting director Jostein Jensen has claimed that it is essentially done. Now the 19-year-old will feature for Arsenal’s U23 side.
So, what does this mean for the fans? Well, it’s not something to go crazy over, but it is a positive bit of business. As with every young signing, it’ll take him time to work his way into the starting XI, a few years maybe. However, since he is playing on the wing, this is an option for Arsenal since this always tends to be a position of need, particularly if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is sold this summer.
Arsenal’s recruitment team must see something in Lewis since he spent a few months trying to impress the Arsenal representatives and now he has done so. He will be rewarded with game time in a talented Arsenal youth squad, where he will learn alongside other bidding names.
For any youngster, to sign a professional contract with a club the size of Arsenal is a big deal. That said, Lewis will know he has a lot of expectation on his shoulders, but he would have known this prior to signing the contract. He’s clearly confident and, who knows? Maybe a few years down the line, he and Erling Haaland could be leading the Norway national team line.