Ross County have completed the signing of Arsenal centre-back Harry Clarke on a season-long loan deal.

The 20-year-old defender spent last campaign on loan at Oldham Athletic and featured in pre-season for Mikel Arteta’s English Premier League heavyweights. Clarke could ironically make his Scottish Premiership debut for County this weekend against Hibs at Easter Road, where he featured for Arsenal in a friendly last month.

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Swapping Arsenal for Dingwall. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

A Ross County statement reads: “Talented young defender Harry Clarke has become the latest addition to the Ross County FC ranks after joining The Staggies on a season-long loan from English Premier League side Arsenal.

“Harry, an England youth internationalist, joins County on the back of an impressive loan spell with Oldham Athletic last season and having played a part in Mikel Arteta’s pre-season schedule for The Gunners- which saw them face both Hibernian and Rangers just a few short weeks ago.

 

“Clarke joined the prestigious Arsenal youth academy in 2015, has played at both centre-back and right full-back for a number of years and will strengthen County’s defensive options for the 2021/22 campaign at the Global Energy Stadium.

“In his career to date Harry has delivered some highly impressive performances for both Arsenal’s U23s in Premier League 2, as well as with Oldham Athletic in League Two. We are very excited to have Harry joining us and look forward to helping him develop during this cinch Premiership campaign.”

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