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Player secures surprise switch to Arsenal



Reading youngster, James Hillson has signed for Arsenal on loan until the end of the season, according to Football.London journalist, Jonathan Low. 

It’s certainly a move that no-one could have predicted, but the youngster will be hoping that this temporary move to the Premier League giants can help aid his development.

Hillson was previously on loan at Non-League side, Salisbury City, but has made the switch to the Premier League club for the remainder of the season.

Reading team-mate, Liam Driscoll has since joined Salisbury in place of Hillson who departed the club.

The move will also see Hillson link up with former Reading goalkeeping coach, Sal Bibbo who left the club to join Arsenal a number of years ago.

At the time, Bibbo’s departure from the Madejski Stadium left supporters frustrated, as he is evidently rated highly if he can earn a move to Arsenal.

Hillson isn’t the only promising young goalkeeper from Reading to attract interest from high-profile clubs, with Coniah Boyce-Clarke rumoured to be a target for Manchester United according to Sky Sports.

The Verdict: 

I’m certainly surprised by this move.

I can only think that Arsenal are wanting to sign him on a permanent basis, so they might be casting an eye on how he gets on with them for the remainder of the season.

Either way, this can only be good for Hillson’s development, with the goalkeeper still only being 18-years-old.

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