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Reasons Why Nigeria’s Kelechi Nwakali Is the Future of Arsenal’s Midfield

Subair Adams



The young Nigerian has been a revelation since his side (Nigeria’s U-17) winning campaign in 2015. He’s grown in leaves and bound over the years as he has had a series of loan spells which he has been very impressive during his time at those clubs.

This earned him a call-up to the Senior National Team Super Eagles under Coach Gernot Rohr for the African Cup of Nations qualifiers back in September last year (2018).

With the imminent departure of Aaron Ramsey to Juventus coupled with the uncertainty concerning the future of Mesut Ozil at Arsenal, Nwakali could be a capable replacement on this stance.

On this note, we evaluate three (3) reasons why the Nigerian is the future of Arsenal’s midfield.

His Marking Ability

The player has got impressive ability to cover the grounds while also dictating the flow of the game as he is widely renowned for in his country (by Nigerian fans).

This stands him out as an inspiring replacement for the aforementioned stars (Ramsey and Mesut Ozil) if the latter leaves the Emirates probably in the summer.

He’s got an impressive work rate as seen during his time away at Arsenal as manager Unai Emery must capitalize on his quality to bring the balance Arsenal had needed in the years past.

He’s got A Big Heart

The player is an exemplary talent as he captained the Nigeria U-17 to the World Cup triumph in 2015 at Chile. The player alongside his international colleague (in midfield) Oghenekaro Etebo now at Stoke City has got a big heart for their team. He’s got immense leadership qualities on and off the pitch coupled with the confidence that backs
his gameplay in transition.

This is what the player brings to Unai Emery’s side as it will enable him to flourish at the Emirates Stadium.

His Attacking Dynamism

The ease at which the player evades players in transition is a delight to watch as he’s proven times without number.

This is what the London side stands to gain as they restore the player at the heart of Arsenal’s midfield where he supposedly belongs.

Nwakali’s show of class and creativity in midfield was what attracted the London club to sign him in the first place.

He’s matured now and with his involvement with the National side (the Olympic team) couple with his invitation to the senior side, so expect the player to have grown in experience and discipline to shoulder the responsibility that comes with playing for Unai Emery’s Arsenal side.


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