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‘I Am Going To Arsenal’ – Midfielder confirms move
Arsenal are set to wrap-up a deal to sign Kelechi Nwakali with the midfielder en route to London to undergo a medical after confirming he’s moving to the Emirates Stadium, according to the Express.
Nwakali has been strongly linked with a move to North London in recent weeks with ESPN reporting two weeks ago that we’d agreed a deal to sign the highly-rated Nigerian youngster.
The 17-year-old’s brother was then quoted earlier this week as saying that they were confident of getting the work permit which would see the midfielder complete his proposed move to Arsenal.
‘I don’t think there’s anything to fear about the deal not going on as planned. Given the type of visa we applied for, we hope it will be available within the shortest possible time.”
‘Don’t forget, there are always ways such transactions that are done, so I assure you we’ll get there. There are no threats whatsoever on Kelechi’s Arsenal move, this I assure you.
“We’ve no worries at all as everything is moving according to plans. Arsenal are known to have a good programme for young players. They develop young stars and enhance their careers.’ Allwell Nwakali is quoted as saying by the Metro
It looks like the work permit has been granted as the Express are now reporting that Nwakali is flying to London with his agent to undergo his medical and to seal his move to the Emirates.
Before boarding the plane, the midfielder confirmed he’s joining Arsenal and will do all he can to break in to the first team. He’s quoted by the Express as telling reporters:
“I am going to Arsenal to work and try to be the best I can,” he said.
“With God anything is possible, to work hard to justify my claim for first team football.”
As long as there are no last minute glitches, Nwakali will become our second signing of the January transfer window following the arrival of Mohamed Elneny earlier this month.
The youngster attracted interest from a whole host of top European clubs after impressing during the FIFA U17 World Cup where they helped Nigeria lift the trophy in Chile last year and he was named as the best player in the tournament.
We’ve managed to fight off competition from the likes of Manchester City for his signature so it’s something of a coup that we’ve seemingly won the race to land Nwakali.
Obviously he’s unlikely to make any immediate impact on the first team but he certainly sounds like a bright prospect so hopefully he can continue his development at Arsenal over the coming years.