Arsenal’s under-18s star Michal Rosiak has signed his first professional contract with the club, becoming an official member of the team.
The 17-year-old right-back from Poland has contributed to the under-18s squad this season, playing in 15 matches and scoring seven goals. He has also provided six assists and played a vital role in the team’s FA Youth Cup campaign.
Michal’s goals in the competition included a last-minute winner against Cambridge United and a stunning free kick in the semi-final against Manchester City.
Upon signing his contract, he expressed his excitement about joining the club he has always loved as a young player.
“Signing my first professional contract for Arsenal means everything to me, it’s pretty amazing.”
Before turning professional, Michal was a scholar who made his under-18s debut against Brighton & Hove Albion last season. He also played a key role in the FA Youth Cup run this term, scoring a vital free-kick against Manchester City in the semi-final.
Although he has mainly played as a right-back, Michal believes his preferred position is in midfield and is keen to learn from Jack Wilshere, who he regards as the perfect tutor.
Under the guidance of the under-18s head coach, Michal has scored three goals and provided six assists in eight under-18 league appearances, bringing his total to 13 goal contributions in 14 games across all competitions.
He attributes his success to hard work and dedication to improving his free-kick technique, which he hopes will enable him to score more goals from set-pieces.
Reflecting on his club journey, Michal acknowledges that it has had its ups and downs, including major injuries. However, he is proud to wear the Arsenal shirt and is motivated to continue his progress as a professional player.
“It’s pretty amazing, especially when you think of the past and what kind of players wore this shirt, and obviously Jack [Wilshere] our coach as a player, and a coach now.
Since the start, he has given me little tips and tricks on the pitch and off the pitch, and showed how he used to react.”