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England starlet Chris Willock is set to leave Arsenal for Portuguese giants Benfica, the Mirror has revealed on Sunday.

The youngster was expected to enjoy some regular time with Arsenal during pre-season but the Portuguese giants are eager to add him to their squad.

In March, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was full of praise for the player.

"Chris is a very gifted player with natural strength and natural talent. He has what you do not find very easily," he said.

"He can have a go at people, can get past people in one on ones.

"I believe that he has the needed character when he has his back to the wall to always respond in a very strong way. That's a very important quality, to be able to play under pressure."

But it now seems that the youngster's contract with not be renewed and he is free to leave the club.

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