Arthur Okonkwo signs new contract & joins the mens first-team squad

Arthur Okonkwo has signed a new long-term contract with the club and has joined the first-team squad.

The 19-year-old goalkeeper, who has been with us since our under-9 level, signed as a scholar in July 2018. He impressed last season, regularly training with the first team and also travelling with the matchday squad as the third goalkeeper on numerous occasions during the campaign. He also made eight appearances at youth level in the Premier League 2 and EFL Trophy.

In 2018/19, Arthur made his Premier League 2 debut at just 17 years of age, before going on to win the under-18 Premier League South. During that season, he played between the two age groups, making 14 appearances across all competitions, keeping seven clean sheets in the process.

Technical director Edu said: “The work of our academy and development of young players for the first team is a huge part of what we stand for as a club. They have produced some top players in recent years all of who have a special connection with the club and our fans.

"It’s great that we have our third goalkeeper who has progressed from our academy and we look forward to seeing more young players coming through. Arthur has worked hard to get this far and we’re confident he’ll have an exciting future.”

Manager Mikel Arteta added: “We welcome Arthur to the first-team squad. We are so happy another academy player has come through our system at the club. Together with Arthur’s huge talent and hard work, we thank our colleagues at the academy for developing Arthur in recent years to get to this stage, they are doing great work with the players’ development here and should be really proud.

“Arthur was working and travelling a lot with the first team last season and we have all seen his quality at first hand. He is a strong young goalkeeper with great potential and we’re so pleased he has signed a new deal. He has absolutely earned his place in the first-team squad.

"Arthur will now join us every single day in training, where we look forward to watching him continue to develop and improve his goalkeeping. I know all our fans will join me in congratulating Arthur on this positive step in his career.”

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  1. Iskandar Iskandar

    Iskandar Iskandar8 hari yang lalu

    Habis dikontrak lalu dipinjamkan

  2. Kamu Geofrey

    Kamu Geofrey8 hari yang lalu

    Big up

  3. kangsuk

    kangsuk8 hari yang lalu

    blunder, martinez out? crazy

  4. Avela Mthembu

    Avela Mthembu9 hari yang lalu

    Welcome young lad, we're happy for you, stay strong and positive at each moment of your career.Gunner❤️⚽️👏🏽

  5. Mystxry

    Mystxry10 hari yang lalu

    This aged well

  6. Jam Jam Jam

    Jam Jam Jam6 hari yang lalu


  7. Steve Whitehead

    Steve Whitehead10 hari yang lalu

    Lol already had a mare against hibs smh 🤦‍♂️

  8. Shubash Lm10

    Shubash Lm1010 hari yang lalu


  9. Adanna Xo

    Adanna Xo10 hari yang lalu

    Come on now other than mistake he wasn't that bad. He is still young. Mistakes are part of the game, he will learn from this

  10. Joel Blanko

    Joel Blanko10 hari yang lalu

    not good enough

  11. Joel Blanko

    Joel Blanko10 hari yang lalu

    get this guy out of my club

  12. Adanna Xo

    Adanna Xo10 hari yang lalu

    Other than that mistake he wasn't that bad. He is still young and still learning. mistake are part of the game he will learn from it. It was also his first game with the first team it was probably just nerves

  13. Ivan

    Ivan10 hari yang lalu

    No offence, but there’s so much dark-skinned young players playing for Arsenal, imagine the future Arsenal team

  14. Harishanth C V

    Harishanth C V7 hari yang lalu

    Yeah it is now like an African team

  15. Shubash Lm10

    Shubash Lm1010 hari yang lalu

    So what?. What does Thier ski. Colour have to do with it?.

  16. mario potang

    mario potang10 hari yang lalu

    OMG what a save 😂😂😂😂😂

  17. Abdul Rehman

    Abdul Rehman11 hari yang lalu

    Future England No 1, watch this space!

  18. kaz

    kaz10 hari yang lalu


  19. Shubash Lm10

    Shubash Lm1010 hari yang lalu


  20. Captain Misinformation

    Captain Misinformation11 hari yang lalu

    Very grounded and talented, big, tall, home grown, sounds smart. We've got the best youngsters coming through and we ought to be happy about it.

  21. Shubash Lm10

    Shubash Lm1010 hari yang lalu

    @Captain Misinformation nice.

  22. Captain Misinformation

    Captain Misinformation10 hari yang lalu

    @Shubash Lm10 fortunately I am.

  23. Shubash Lm10

    Shubash Lm1010 hari yang lalu

    Be happy 😂

  24. Zohaib Chaudhri

    Zohaib Chaudhri11 hari yang lalu

    What’s with everyone taking the no33 shirt at Arsenal😂

  25. harrymic75

    harrymic7512 hari yang lalu

    Arsenal making moves. Watch out Prema!!! Mighty goobers are back.

  26. subhan septian

    subhan septian12 hari yang lalu

    Emi martinez better

  27. Yaw Opoku

    Yaw Opoku12 hari yang lalu

    Straight from Things Fall Apart

  28. tcAh ciliK

    tcAh ciliK12 hari yang lalu

    martinez winner,,perfect perform!!!!! arsenal crying😂😂😂😂😂😂

  29. Anthony Rabemanisa

    Anthony Rabemanisa12 hari yang lalu

    Hope he follows the path of Bukayo, Emile and soon Reiss and Joe

  30. Kanmi Fakeye

    Kanmi Fakeye12 hari yang lalu

    Super eagles pls quickly make this move

  31. Scott Mills

    Scott Mills12 hari yang lalu

    Is this lad better than selling martinez for pennies?

  32. Keith Kim

    Keith Kim12 hari yang lalu

    Saka will be broken now shame but, let's get him sold now for descent money

  33. Kevin Gachomo

    Kevin Gachomo12 hari yang lalu

    Mejja uko wapi??

  34. Yo Habi

    Yo Habi12 hari yang lalu

    Academy boys are ready to take over Arsenal.

  35. The Truth Satellite

    The Truth Satellite12 hari yang lalu

    Another kid involved after a lot b4👉🤣

  36. Ify Ugbeh

    Ify Ugbeh12 hari yang lalu

    Congrats to you, Arthur!!! Dear Arsenal, there are times when you don't actually need top established "high priced" players to make a solid team. All you need is a talented player with Quality and room to continuously improve. Look at The Ajax side in 1995, The Man Utd side of 1999, The Leicester side in 2015.....and currently the Lille side that just won the Ligue 1 in France and the Rangers side that dethroned Celtic in Scotland! A team is solid when the players play as a unit to their strength and quality. Also a team makes progress with players that are manageable and coachable. Arsenal short-comings last season was the lack of a Creative ball-carrying midfielder, A quality RB, another quality GK and LB as well as a good DM partner for Partey! A team simply needs 3-4 players in key roles to build the remaining players around. Arsenal has Auba, Partey, Saka, Tierney, Pepe to build a team around. Example of these trusted generals in the teams I mentioned above includes; - Ajax (Blind, Rijkaard, Litmanen, Finidi) - Man Utd (Keane, Schmeichel, Scholes, Cole, Stam) - Leicester (Vardy, Morgan, Schmeichel, Kanté, Mahrez) - Lille (Fonte, Yılmaz, André, Reinildo, David) - Rangers (Goldson, Tavernier, Kent, Aribo, McGregor, Morelos) If Arsenal can get Aouar, Bissouma, Onana , Aarons , White along with Tavares & Lokonga, it will be a great transfer...and they will be a better team going forward! Arsenal don't have to spend big to get Grealish, Maddison or Isco...also, it is unwise to get a player who heart is somewhere like Locatelli and Ødegaard. Arsenal needs players that are fans of the club and looking forward to come and play and take the team back to the top....not a player that quotes or preferred Champions league football when he is supposed to come and fight for that privilege and honour! Arsenal must spend in this window but it must be smart and in KEY areas that needs backup, competition and improvement. All the best next season!!! COYG!!!

  37. naborit dutta

    naborit dutta13 hari yang lalu

    I just hope he won't be sent away like emi and come back haunting us.. 🤞🤞

  38. Victor

    Victor13 hari yang lalu

    Is leno still 1st choice?

  39. Dick Truesay

    Dick Truesay13 hari yang lalu

    Big Achievement for the Lad . Must be talented.

  40. Hai Nguyen

    Hai Nguyen13 hari yang lalu

    Okonkwo 💘 💘 💘

  41. Hai Nguyen

    Hai Nguyen13 hari yang lalu

    Thin an gain nwoow khaitd

  42. bluestreak1975

    bluestreak197513 hari yang lalu

    well spoken lad. hopefully the future #1

  43. MC Brodz

    MC Brodz13 hari yang lalu

    Can’t believe they made cutyz irl

  44. sonny realdrum

    sonny realdrum13 hari yang lalu

    Arteta out look this EMI Martinez juara Copa America, Arteta stuppid bakayaro konoyaro 👊

  45. Ebube Chukwudi

    Ebube Chukwudi13 hari yang lalu

    The only thing that I am sure about this guy is that he won't play for Nigeria

  46. slimcrazy06

    slimcrazy0613 hari yang lalu


  47. kisegerwa micheal

    kisegerwa micheal13 hari yang lalu

    It's agreat opportunity

  48. Cheaziz Chenoh

    Cheaziz Chenoh13 hari yang lalu

    Reminds me of Things fall apart. Okonkwo the main character.

  49. 04srt4champ

    04srt4champ13 hari yang lalu

    Another no show

  50. Achmad Efendy

    Achmad Efendy13 hari yang lalu

    Emiliano Martinez

  51. Sticky Kitty

    Sticky Kitty13 hari yang lalu

    Hey arsenal how about a tribute video for a legend who passed a couple of days ago PAUL MARINER RIP Never forget your own

  52. hanafi Snx2

    hanafi Snx213 hari yang lalu

    another martinez in the making

  53. Clay Odari

    Clay Odari13 hari yang lalu

    So proud of Arthur, a humble and loyal lad. A proud moment for our team, having our academy graduate stepping up to the first team. 6'6" at 19yrs is amazing. All the best our gem.

  54. Chiemedo Aj

    Chiemedo Aj13 hari yang lalu

    Hopefully he plays instead of Leno

  55. Mignon

    Mignon13 hari yang lalu

    Laca is more than just a player into this Arsenal team. He always gave hope, encouragement and welcome the youngsters into the first team.

  56. mark clayton

    mark clayton13 hari yang lalu

    This young man is quality, good luck Arthur 👍

  57. CJ's tube Jack of all trade

    CJ's tube Jack of all trade13 hari yang lalu

    Sounds a very decent guy. England or Nigerian oneday

  58. Lee J

    Lee J13 hari yang lalu

    Good luck Arthur. I’m sure you’ll set the world alight


    DUKE EJIOFOR13 hari yang lalu

    good to have into the 1st team., let's forget ramsdale


    ARSENAL FOREVER13 hari yang lalu

    Welcome to Arsenal Nuno Tavares let’s see what he does on the pitch when he play’s. 👏👏👏

  61. Chijioke Nwaogbe

    Chijioke Nwaogbe14 hari yang lalu

    Congrats man. Been a fan for a while now. Your time will come. Keep going and getting better and better. Bright future 👍

  62. Ashton Kthcer

    Ashton Kthcer14 hari yang lalu

    Future !!

  63. Mute hate preachers _stop division

    Mute hate preachers _stop division14 hari yang lalu

    With the influence Lacca has around the place, we need to extend his contract. He really cares.

  64. YB munashe

    YB munashe14 hari yang lalu

    U want his barber tf

  65. Lord Gooner

    Lord Gooner14 hari yang lalu

    I hope he impresses at training week in week out. I don't want him to believe that he will never be a first team player. Saka, Eddie, AMN, Bellerin, Emi, Wilshire and ESR all challenged for their place on the starting line up and got it through hard work. I want him to fight for that number 1 shirt.

  66. 1 2

    1 214 hari yang lalu

    Well he's not going to be joining the women's team, is he?

  67. Cam twister97

    Cam twister9714 hari yang lalu

    This guy looks and sounds like a genuine decent guy hope he does well for arsenal and can progress his career at the club be good to see him in goal for the first team for a few games this season

  68. shaafici cabdullaahi

    shaafici cabdullaahi14 hari yang lalu

    Man's speaking queen's english

  69. fIguRe oF spEeCh

    fIguRe oF spEeCh14 hari yang lalu

    Is he really good?

  70. Afolabi Olanrewaju

    Afolabi Olanrewaju14 hari yang lalu

    I think he will be the deputy to Leno.

  71. Ziich

    Ziich14 hari yang lalu

    My man's said the great goalkeepers we have here. I mean Leno is good. But who are the other great goalkeepers in the first team?

  72. said barkhadle

    said barkhadle14 hari yang lalu

    Laca is invaluable on and off the pitch. Only when he's moved on or he leaves will we realise.

  73. barry witter

    barry witter14 hari yang lalu

    I really don't understand people who down vote a video showing a young man getting first contract with the first team of the club he has devoted his young life to from an academy player to first team, it's a hell of an achievement in this day and age, so we'll done Arthur and to the trolls who down vote "get a life" or support another team.

  74. Pony Boy

    Pony Boy14 hari yang lalu

    Brilliant decision! 👏🏼💪🏽

  75. Suri Kibrom

    Suri Kibrom14 hari yang lalu

    Big up to laca for always helping the youngsters

  76. Google x

    Google x14 hari yang lalu

    Laca next manager

  77. S Y

    S Y14 hari yang lalu

    How tall is he?

  78. Hot Girls Video XXX

    Hot Girls Video XXX14 hari yang lalu

    Clouds are blue because of new love

  79. murena10

    murena1014 hari yang lalu

    This guy gives me good vibes. I hope he get chance to play against Hibern n Rangers


    DARYL SPENCER14 hari yang lalu

    Arsenal might as well sign SOLLY MARCH as a replacement for Martin Odegarrd, and Antonio Mance to replace Martinelli.we need champions league.⚽

  81. Calico GC

    Calico GC14 hari yang lalu

    If he becomes first team keeper and is actually really good I wouldn't even minds he's Consistent and huge he's like 6'4-5

  82. FPL Raze

    FPL Raze14 hari yang lalu

    This guy is better then Runnarson btw.

  83. Albert Andole

    Albert Andole14 hari yang lalu

    But si ule Wa kenya

  84. JackAW

    JackAW14 hari yang lalu

    Tavares announced

  85. Photon -

    Photon -14 hari yang lalu

    Another Wenger Wonder kid out of the Academy. So glad to see academy graduates making it to the first team.

  86. Adam Dawe

    Adam Dawe14 hari yang lalu

    Femi 1

  87. Adam Dawe

    Adam Dawe14 hari yang lalu


  88. Albert Andole

    Albert Andole14 hari yang lalu

    Your mad,this is not utawezana

  89. ihsana corporesano

    ihsana corporesano14 hari yang lalu

    Yang komen pakai bahasa Indonesia merapat 🇮🇩

  90. Swabul Abdi

    Swabul Abdi14 hari yang lalu

    You sell Martinez and then begin struggling to get a keeper????????

  91. thomas Muziyirwa

    thomas Muziyirwa14 hari yang lalu

    Wish you to be the next Martinez

  92. Fido27

    Fido2714 hari yang lalu


  93. A B

    A B14 hari yang lalu

    With any luck we don't do him dirty like we did with Martinez and have Leno throw his toys out the pram because the squad was too spineless to make European football. What happened to us starting the business early anyway? So far the clubs only signing was Parris from Lyon to the ladies squad which is nice an-all but the men's team is what needs desperate attention as the woman are doing us proud already.

  94. XD_OMAR

    XD_OMAR14 hari yang lalu

    Yay new player i hope he will play

  95. Daniel Brown

    Daniel Brown14 hari yang lalu

    Good luck bro can't wait to see you in the starting 11

  96. BakedandHectic

    BakedandHectic14 hari yang lalu

    This is the transfer news we need to hear every window if possible. Be what we set out to be with a similar outlay as Barcelona with an efficient output of arsenal made and styled players ready to achieve with the club,for the club.

  97. Jonathan Powell

    Jonathan Powell14 hari yang lalu

    Real man size…

  98. David Nsiyona

    David Nsiyona14 hari yang lalu

    Great work! Can't wait for the next Arteta interview.

  99. Sallieu Sesay

    Sallieu Sesay14 hari yang lalu

    Congratulations Best of luck

  100. RD 7

    RD 714 hari yang lalu


  101. Thomas Teaching Tech

    Thomas Teaching Tech14 hari yang lalu

    balogun IN

  102. Ebere Emenu Adirika

    Ebere Emenu Adirika14 hari yang lalu

    Welcome to the first team, make us proud as always.

  103. nQmnz._

    nQmnz._14 hari yang lalu

    congrats 💪

  104. Mr Gaudy

    Mr Gaudy14 hari yang lalu

    Hopefully this will give him the confidence to step up and earn a transfer to Villa.

  105. Ma'murjon JR

    Ma'murjon JR14 hari yang lalu

    Messi pls

  106. Eugene Justin

    Eugene Justin14 hari yang lalu

    He look fit and has capabilities.

  107. survivor turnover

    survivor turnover14 hari yang lalu


  108. KOPI-BIJI 2020

    KOPI-BIJI 202014 hari yang lalu

    Yeah, another gem. He is huge but i think not enough strong physically and mentally. I hope he will develop and beat the first gk.

  109. Indescribabl

    Indescribabl14 hari yang lalu

    Once Leno leaves hes gonna be our 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice keeper

  110. King Kong

    King Kong14 hari yang lalu

    In Arteta We Trust

  111. ArsenalFanfromSouth Korea TJB

    ArsenalFanfromSouth Korea TJB14 hari yang lalu

    I though Arteta wants to ruin our you g players 🤷‍♀️ AFTV is filled with emotional based opinions

  112. Nef

    Nef14 hari yang lalu

    add some background music to lift the mood next time

  113. dink sung

    dink sung14 hari yang lalu

    Smart kid signing a three year contract. If we treat him like emi he's gone when he's still 22.