Cheltenham starlet: I have improved a lot at Arsenal

Cheltenham starlet: I have improved a lot at Arsenal

Former Cheltenham Town youngster Jamie Edge is confident he made the right choice in moving to Arsenal a year on from his move to North London.

He became an Arsenal player in July last summer following a successful trial at the club amid unusual media hype for a player who was just 15 years old at the time. But Edge believes that he hasn’t been fazed by the attention he received at the time.

“I suppose there was a little bit of pressure because of the publicity and the expectation. However, I was not worried about that because I knew Arsenal would improve me and I have confidence in my own ability.

The step up from playing in a League Two set-up to one the most respected academies in the world has been a big one and the 16 year old feels that he is developing at a fast pace as a result.

“There is a big difference in the football that I was used to with Cheltenham Town and the football we play at the Arsenal.” he explained.

“The game is quicker with a much, much greater emphasis on passing, but I feel that I have improved a lot since joining Arsenal. The reason is not only because of the quality of the coaching and facilities, but also because of the quality of players I train and play with and play against.

I am working very hard on my fitness and Craig Gant (Academy Fitness Coach) has been a big factor in bringing my game on.”

The teenager started the first U18 game of the season on Saturday in a holding midfield role as Bould’s side crashed to a heavy 5-2 defeat, but as he adjusts to the standard of football at Academy level Edge hopes he can push on into the more experienced Youth Cup side.

“I know I have come on a lot technically and I am looking to continue that so I can become a regular in the Under-18s and perhaps get into the FA Youth Cup team.”

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