A selection of Arsenal fans on Twitter were impressed with the cameo appearance from academy graduate Jack Henry-Francis against Hibernian yesterday.
The Gunners started their pre-season with a 2-1 friendly defeat to the Scottish outfit, but there were plenty of positives to take from the game.
Several teenagers were given the chance to impress. Henry-Francis particularly caught the eye of some supporters with his 17-minute appearance.
The 17-year-old replaced Mohamed Elneny in midfield in the 75th minute. He impressed with his movement, quick distribution and desire to have the ball.
The youngster played his part in the lead-up to the consolation goal scored by Emile Smith Rowe in the 82nd minute. Here are some reactions from Gunners fans on Twitter.
— A Fan With a Gun (@afanwithagun) July 13, 2021
This young Jack Henry Francis kid seems the real deal. Only 17 but he plays like he is 27. Reminds me of a young Jack Wilshere.
Please Arsenal, don’t let a player of his standard slip away pic.twitter.com/Cepz9kzl0m
— thaych._ (@thaych1) July 13, 2021
Jack Henry-Francis has 3 first names in his name, he definitely has ballon d’or winning potential
— Weezy™ (@B4NKAl) July 13, 2021
Jack Henry Francis is a baller 💫💥
— M💫 (@M4H_AFC) July 13, 2021
Jack Henry-Francis is a fearless kid. Intrigued to follow his progression.
— D. Jr (@KJ_Dominic) July 13, 2021
Jack Henry Francis with an attractive cameo performance. Always demanded for the ball, recycled possession well and played some nice forward passes as well.
— RohanJivan (@RjArsenalBlog) July 13, 2021
Jack Henry-Francis💉💉🔥.. Cesc Fabregas vibes
— BenWhiteEra (@Wajirstweep) July 13, 2021
Jack Henry Francis passes the name test and looks like backing it with performance too
— Nepali Gooner (@gooner_nepali) July 13, 2021
I can see another Cecs Fabregas in Jack Henry-Francis ❤️❤️
— Moh Gunner 🔴⚪ (@MrRemember5) July 13, 2021
A few of the club’s faithful have already compared him with former star Cesc Fabregas with the confidence he demonstrated with the ball.
Henry-Francis could be one to watch out for the remainder of pre-season. He is still only 17 and may not break into the first-team plans anytime soon.
In recent years, the Europa League group stage has offered opportunities to young players, but the club are not playing in any European competitions this term.
Henry-Francis was a regular for the Under 18s last term with one goal and three assists from 15 outings. He could earn promotion to the Under 23s next season.
The youngster has yet to sign a professional contract with the club. He could be offered one soon if he can produce a few more noticeable displays in pre-season.
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