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Arteta promotes Arthur Okonkwo to Arsenal first-team

Arthur Okonkwo

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has promoted Arthur Okonkwo to the first team.

This comes after the 19-year-old goalkeeper signed a long-term contract with the Gunners.

Okonkwo joined the club as an under-9 player before he was signed as a scholar in July 2018.

In the 2020/2021 campaign, he trained with the first team regularly and also travelled with the squad as a third choice goalkeeper.

Arteta told the club’s official website: “We welcome Arthur to the first-team squad. We are so happy another academy player has come through our system at the club.

“Together with Arthur’s huge talent and hard work, we thank our colleagues at the academy for developing Arthur in recent years to get to this stage, they are doing great work with the players’ development here and should be really proud.

“Arthur was working and travelling a lot with the first team last season and we have all seen his quality at first hand.

“He is a strong young goalkeeper with great potential and we’re so pleased he has signed a new deal. He has absolutely earned his place in the first-team squad.

“Arthur will now join us every single day in training, where we look forward to watching him continue to develop and improve his goalkeeping.

“I know all our fans will join me in congratulating Arthur on this positive step in his career.”

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