“We identified Nwakali as the player of the tournament, basically, and as a top player. We will see if we can manage to get it over the line during this transfer period. [If we can], we will do it. Chukwueze is [signing] as well.”
Arsene Wenger will be very pleased with this cheap signing, as he will hardly have to win the jackpot on the Zuma Slots to cover the compensation the club will have to pay Nigeria’s Diamond Football Academy for his signature. Wenger may have expected the confirmation in January, but at last eight weeks later the 17 year-old has himself confirmed the deed is finally done. Nwakali was quoted as saying: “I just came back from London, I have signed a five-year contract with Arsenal.
“So many teams were interested in me but it has been my dream at a tender age to play for Arsenal.”
Nwakali won’t be joining the club until the summer as he doesn’t turn 18 until June, but with his talent he could easily be fast-tracked into the senior side if he continues improving. This is definitely an exciting one for the future!