Norwich City are delighted to announce the signing of promising young attacking midfielder Josh Martin from Premier League side Arsenal.
The 17-year-old signs for the Canaries after a successful trial period with the Club, having featured in the Under-18s’ Premier League games against both Fulham and Brighton and Hove Albion last month.
Martin signs from Arsenal, where he played his football since joining the Gunners when he was eight-years-old.
Speaking to canaries.co.uk, Martin said: “I’m really happy, it’s a very big opportunity for me. I’m delighted to be here, and it’s the best move I could have had. I had been at Arsenal since I was eight, so since I was very young.
“I came here because they [Norwich City] are giving young players opportunities, and they are a team on the up so I think that’s the best opportunity you can get.”
The attacking midfielder has enjoyed his time so far with the Canaries, which he said is partly down to the chemistry of the Under-18s side he has featured in.
“The environment is really good here," he said. "I get along with my team mates really well; there is a lot of chemistry in the team and I think we can play well together.
“Colney is really nice and the new building is going to be built as well, so I can’t wait to see that. At the moment I’m just getting used to things as well.”
City’s new Academy signing has shown positive signs on the left-side of midfield already and wants to keep progressing up the Academy pathway.
Martin said: “I’m a left-winger or an attacking midfielder, I like to run at players and get shots off. I try to emulate [Cristiano] Ronaldo, and I can bring goals and assists to the team. Work rate, creativity and a better end product in the final third is what I want to bring to the team.
“My aims for the rest of the season are to help the Under-18s to climb up in the table in the remaining games that I have, and play as many games as I can with the Under-23s.”
Martin is originally from Luton, and hopes to follow in the footsteps of fellow Luton-born City duo Jamal Lewis and Max Aarons.
“I know there’s a pathway here that can bring me to the First Team, and when I get into the First Team my aim is to is to come here and do what Leicester [City] did. That’s my aim, because if they can do it then Norwich can.”