‘It’s the right moment to leave’, says Gunners youngster Henderson
Conor Henderson has confirmed that he will leave Arsenal when his contract expires at the end of the season.
The 21-year-old midfielder is a product of the same successful Gunners’ academy side which saw Jack Wilshere break through into the first team.
Henderson made his first appearance in the senior squad with an FA Cup appearance against Leyton Orient in the 2010/11 season, impressing in his display for Arsène Wenger’s side in the fifth-round replay at Emirates Stadium.
However, the Republic of Ireland U-21 international has been plagued with injuries during his time at the club and was sent out on-loan to League One side Coventry City for three months last September.
Speaking to the Irish Examiner, Henderson admitted that the time has finally come for him to move away from North London and revealed his agent has already received interest from ‘a few clubs’.
“I’ve not played at Arsenal’s first team this season, so it’s the right thing to leave when my contract expires in the summer.
“I’ve been with the club since my childhood but, like most of the Arsenal youngsters over the years, I need a move to get football.
“At my age, I have to be playing regularly and I can’t get that at Arsenal, only U21 matches. I’ve been training with the first-team every day until the injury struck. Since I’ve come back, that’s only happened once.”