Nwakali wants Arsenal’s No. 25 Shirt used by Kanu….

Kelechi Nwakali expects to sign for Arsenal in the weeks ahead, and the Nigerian youngster has already picked the number he wants to wear at the Emirates. Arsenal have targeted Nwakali, along with fellow youth international Samuel Chukwueze, for several months and, though they face issues over securing work permits for the two teenagers, Arsene Wenger confirmed today that he expects both players to agree contracts at the club.

Both Nwakali and Chukwueze were stars of the Under-17 World Cup-winning Nigeria side, with 17-year-old attacking midfielder Nwakali earning the player of the tournament award. Neither are expected to become immediate members of the first-team even if they sign in January, however Nwakali has no doubt he will be a part of Wenger’s plans in the future. “I am going to Arsenal to work and try to be the best I can,” he told the Nigerian Tribune. “With God anything is possible, to work hard to justify my claim for first team football.” Nwakali would not be the first Nigerian to appear in an Arsenal shirt and the youngster said he has already asked to wear the currently-vacant No.25 shirt of club legend Nwankwo Kanu.

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