Date: 1st March 2016 at 2:38pm
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By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes 

Nigerian teenager Kelechi Nwakali has signed a five-year Arsenal contract, his representative has confirmed.

The 17-year-old attacking midfielder has completed a protracted move to the Gunners from the Diamond academy in Nigeria following extensive talks.

As revealed by Football Insider in January, Nwakali will move to Emirates Stadium in a deal worth £4million with his countryman and fellow teenager Samuel Chukwueze.

The paperwork is still being finalised on the Chukwueze transfer but the Nwakali deal is now complete.

“Kelechi has signed a five-year deal with Arsenal,” an unnamed close associate of the player is quoted as telling Nigerian publication Sports Day. “I won’t be able to mention the exact transfer fee but it is above £2million.”

Sports Day claim Nwakali announced his completed move on Sunday to church goers at St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Eziobodo, during a thanksgiving service.

Arsenal were among a number of leading European clubs who scouted Nwakali and Chukwueze in last year’s Fifa Under-17 World Cup in Chile.

Nwakali, 17, was named as player of the tournament, while Chukwueze, 16, also delivered a series of promising displays and scored three goals for Nigerian from midfield.

In other Arsenal transfer news, Mathieu Debuchy has spoken of his anger at being frozen out by Arsene Wenger before his January loan move to Bordeaux.