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Sports News of Saturday, 30 July 2022

Source: completesports.com

English-born Nigerian goalkeeper Okonkwo joins Crewe Alexandra on loan from Arsenal

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Arsenal goalkeeper, Arthur Okonkwo has joined Crewe Alexandra – a club in the fourth tier English League Two – on a one-season loan deal, marking his first senior move away from the Emirates, Completesports.com reports.

Okonkwo is fifth in the pecking order at the London club as Arsenal have Aaron Ramsdale, Matt Turner, Alex Runarsson and Bernd Leno.

According to Arsenal.com, Okonkwo was promoted to the first team in the 2021/22 season.

Okonkwo is happy with his switch to Crewe Alexandra, a move expected to impact positively on his development with regular senior team football.

“I’m very happy to sign for @crewealexofficial on loan for the season and can’t wait to get started. It’s a big year and I hope can play my part in helping the Club bounce straight back up to League 1,” Okonkwo wrote on his Instagram page.

“Thanks @arsenal for the support and to my team at @areteltd for helping get this done for me.”

The 20 year old who has been at Arsenal since the age of eight, has made the Gunners’ match day squad seven times.

Okonkwo was born in England to Nigerian parents has represented England at the U-16, U-17 and U-18 levels. He is eligible to represent Nigeria at senior international level.

He made six appearances in the Premier League 2 Division 1 last season.