Black Cats snap up Deacon

The 19-year-old became a free agent following his release from the

Gunners at the end of last season. And the Black Cats have swooped

for the youngster, who scored four goals in 16 reserve appearances

last season. Deacon played a pivotal role for Arsenal’s Under-19

side which reached the semi-finals of the Dallas Cup earlier this

year. His potential has not gone unnoticed at the Stadium of Light,

however, where the London-born forward hopes to see more first-team

opportunities.