Arsenal youngster Arthur Okonkwo could leave the club on loan this summer. Speaking with Goal.com The youngster has expressed the need of playing regularly.
The 20-year-old has ranked through the Gunners‘ academy. He was linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium last summer. As his contract was about to expire. However, the youngster has decided to commit his future to the North London club. And he signed a long-term contract.
The shot-stopper hasn’t made any senior appearances yet for Mikel Arteta‘s side. And he started a lot of games on the bench for the senior squad.
Meanwhile, the 20-year-old has revealed that he has developed this season by training with the senior squad alongside Aaron Ramsdale and Bernd Leno. He also expressed that he is not the same player anymore who played for the Gunners in the pre-season games.
Arsenal keeper Okonkwo has also stated that he wants to play regular first-team football. And he wants to prepare himself to become a first-team player in the Premier League and win trophies. He said in an interview with Goal:
“Going out and getting some senior football will be very important to my career and future. Getting loads of games will prepare me for one day hopefully being No.1 and playing in the Premier League. That’s my goal.
“Then, my future goal is winning trophies. But it’s all in stages. I just have to keep working every day, staying focused and, hopefully, in time, it will come together.”
Can Arthur Okonkwo become a regular starter for Arsenal?
The 20-year-old has made some mistakes during the pre-season games. But, he should play regular senior first-team football at this stage of his career. Aaron Ramsdale has started well for Arsenal. And given the Englishman is young. Okonkwo might struggle to find first-team minutes at the Emirates Stadium.
So, going out on a loan and playing regularly will help the Arsenal youngster Okonkwo develop his career. And most importantly it will give him a lot more confidence.
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