Arsenal transfer news: Nwakali becomes fourth summer signing

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5th Aug, 2016 | 8:00am

Done deal: Arsenal finalise fourth summer signing, player confirms on Twitter

By Dominic Toner

Kelechi Nwakali has completed a move to Arsenal, he has revealed on Twitter.

The Nigerian midfielder posted on his personal Twitter account on Thursday that he has now officially joined the Gunners.

The deal for Nwakali to join from the Diamond Football Academy has been held up by red tape, with the move close to finalisation in January and chief Emeka Amarjiriaki claiming a deal had been agreed in principle in March after Nwakali flew to north London for talks.

The Nigeria Under-20 captain has become Arsenal’s fourth new signing of the window following the £34million capture Granit Xhaka, and cheaper deals for youthful pair Rob Holding and Takuma Asano.

Arsenal were a number of leading European clubs who scouted Nwakali in last year’s Fifa Under-17 World Cup in Chile, along with Man City and Bayern Munich.

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Nwakali helped Nigeria win the tournament in 2015 and was named as the player of the tournament after his promising displays.

Manager Arsene Wenger has continued to sign promising young players with one eye on the future and the 18-year-old will face a tough battle to secure a place in the starting 11.

The attacking midfielder will be competing with senior players such as Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshire, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey to land a starting midfield role.

In other Arsenal transfer news, their youngster has been told that he won’t be loaned out and could start against Liverpool in the Premier League.