Arsenal sign up young Estonian goalkeeper

Arsenal have signed 16-year-old Estonian goalkeeper Karl Jakob Hein.

Hein has joined the Gunners after a successful trial and signed a three-year deal to join the youth Academy, according to the player’s club.

The official Facebook page for FC Nomme United, who play in Estonia’s fourth tier, have claimed Hein will start with the Gunners when he turns 17 in April 2019.

The Estonia Under-17s goalkeeper was pictured in Arsenal training gear alongside former Gunners keeper Mart Poom, who is Estonia’s goalkeeping coach.

 

“The first year is about academic education,” Poom told Postimees Sport.

“Two years later, he will be able to play at U18 level, and then he will be in the U23s. Then it depends on him. We hope he will reach the first team. That’s definitely very difficult, but not impossible.

“It might be said that he joined Arsenal because of me, but this great decision was made by the boy with his family. Each club had certain advantages and disadvantages. I did not put pressure on him to choose Arsenal, but I promised to support him, no matter what decision he made.

👏🏼 FC Nõmme Unitedi/Mart Poomi Jalgpallikooli noor väravavaht Karl Jakob Hein liitub Arsenaliga 🔴Eesti U17 koondise väravavaht ja kapten Karl Jakob sõlmis 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 suurklubiga 1️⃣+3️⃣aastase lepingu ✍🏼

Posted by FC Nõmme United on Tuesday, 22 May 2018

“It was, of course, difficult to choose, because this is an extraordinary opportunity for an Estonian these are all three top league clubs, all of which should be very good football education. Arsenal offers him very good conditions for development.

“The small advantage with Arsenal is that I know the people there and in the academy. I can keep an eye on him and advise him if necessary.

“He is talented, hardworking, has the right attitude, a supportive family and big dreams,” he said. “From a physical perspective, he has everything to reach the top. Of course, he must put in a tremendous amount of work for this, to stay healthy and also need some luck.”