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Mikel Arteta, the manager of Arsenal, has elevated Arthur Okonkwo to the first team.
This comes after the Gunners inked a long-term contract with the 19-year-old goalkeeper.
Okonkwo began his career with the club as an under-9 player before being signed as a scholar in July 2018.
During the 2020/2021 season, he practised with the first team on a regular basis and travelled with the squad as a backup goalkeeper.
“We welcome Arthur to the first-team squad,” Arteta said on the club’s official website. We are pleased that another young player has progressed through our structure 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.”