Mohamed Elneny has been our only signing of the January transfer window so far, but we’re apparently set to sign talented Nigerian youngsters Samuel Chukwueze and Kelechi Nwakali before the window slams shut, as reported by the Express.
There have been a number of reports linking us with the pair, but as of yet nothing concrete. The Express suggests an agreement has been reached however, and the double deal will soon be complete.
The hold up is apparently due to work permits, although Arsenal staff are confident that things will be resolved soon.
17-year-old Nwakali and 16-year-old Chukwueze are two incredibly hot prospects, both of whom shone extremely brightly at the U17 World Cup. They have been linked with moves to a number of top clubs including Bayern Munich and Manchester City, but Arsenal seem to be leading the race.
The two young forwards obviously aren’t the strikers Arsenal fans want to see arriving this winter, but they may be the only ones we get. Arsene Wenger has suggested we won’t see any senior strikers arriving at the club this window (via the Express), but that doesn’t mean he’s given up on youth.
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We’ve always put a lot of stock in youth, and that seems unlikely to change any time soon. Although our youth development hasn’t always worked out the way we’ve wanted it to, we’ve had the occasional player break through, and when they do it’s hugely satisfying.