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Arsenal teenager Trae Coyle has joined Gillingham on a season-long loan. The 19-year-old will spend the duration of the 2020-21 campaign at Priestfield Stadium.

The forward is the second Arsenal recruit to join Gillingham after defender Zech Medley, 20, made the same loan move earlier this week.

Steve Evans’ League One side announced the deal on Thursday and Coyle was involved in his first training session with his new colleagues this morning.

The club also mentioned that Evans has been in regular contact with Gunners boss Mikel Arteta ‘throughout the summer.’

“Trae is a very exciting young talent and he is ready to further his football education,” Gillingham boss Evans told the club’s official website.

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“He is very highly thought of at Arsenal and his performances have made him a sought after loan player.

“Trae has a lot to learn, his development we are entrusted with but, in reality, his attitude and work rate will determine his success at League 1 level because he is a very very talented boy.

“He had a vast choice of clubs here in England, Holland and Germany so we are delighted to get the lad here.”

Coyle added: “I’m delighted to be here; it’s a big step for me.


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“I’m getting to the age where I need to play men’s Football and I think this is a great place for me to have my first spell.

“I’m very excited, I can’t wait to get started. I’m a creative player who likes to make chances and get on the ball.”

Coyle has scored 20 goals in 77 appearances for Arsenal’s Under-18 and Under-23 squads but has never made a senior appearance for the north London club.

The London-born winger, who plays primarily on the right, has represented England at Under-16 and Under-17 level.

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