Thanks to Kanu Arsenal make brilliant midfielder summer transfer no.2

So it is two down for Arsenal in the transfer market this summer, and hopefully for us fans desperate for Arsene Wenger to make sure we do not go another year without a major trophy to celebrate, a few more to go.

The second Arsenal transfer since the end of last season has now been completed, as reported by the Evening Standard, with the player in question confirming via social media that he has signed a five year deal with the Gunners.

Kelechi Nwakali is the 18-year old Nigerian international who led his country to victory at the under 17 World Cup in Chile last year and was voted the player of the tournament. Very highly rated, the young midfielder has been the target of top clubs around Europe including Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Man City.

Apparently Arsenal owe a big debt of thanks to our former striker Nwankwo Kanu for Nwakali choosing Arsenal and it was Kanu that travelled with the youngster when he came to London to sign for the club. The agreement was made a few months ago and one of his Nigerian international team mates was going to come as well but that one seems to have fallen through.

But Nwakali was the real prize and as soon as he turned 18 last week the formalities were completed.

The player said, “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.”

Welcome to Arsenal Kelechi! COYG!

World Cup star’s ‘come and get me’ transfer plea to Arsenal

Okay so it may not have been the full fat version of the World cup, but you would still have to say that being voted as the best player in the tournament involving the best 24 teams in the world at your age level is worthy of a lot of credit.

That is just what happened to Kelechi Nwakali after he helped the under 17 side of Nigeria to lift the World Cup in Chile earlier this year. If you had used your Matchbook bonus code to bet on them you could have made a lot of money! The young Nwakali capped his excellent tournament with three goals and three assists so it is hardly a surprise to hear that some big football clubs are interested in signing him.

His older brother is already on the books at Manchester City and Kelechi has already had a trial there, but it is another of Arsenal´s Premier League rivals Chelsea that are said to be the club most keen on completing his transfer. According to a report in the Nigerian media though, Nwakali would much prefer a move to north London because he is a big fan of the way the Gunners play the game under our manager Arsene Wenger.

The talented youngster said, “I will love to play for Arsenal. They are the Premier League club I will like to play for them because they play the best football in the world.”

It looks like he will be signing for some club, probably in the EPL, when the January transfer window opens, but will it be Arsenal?