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New signing George Lewis welcomes new Arsenal challenge

Timothy Aiyeku

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Much has not been heard of Arsenal’s new boy George Lewis because he is yet to get the nod for a first-team role, but he has been in action with the youth team in the Premier League 2.

The Norwegian youngster stated that the call from Arsenal was a surprise to him, and he was left with no choice than to give a nod to the move. He signed a two-year deal with the Gunners but there is a clause to have his stay extended for another year.

George Lewis was at the Emirates Stadium for trials in March earlier this year and he impressed to have been handed a deal to fly the Gunners’ colours from his former club Fram Larvik in Norway’s third tier.

The Rwanda born, who is now a Norwegian citizen immediately joined up with their under-23 squad as he is not ready for the challenge in Mikel Arteta’s team because of the talents available.

However, George Lewis is highly noticed in the Premier League 2 as he has enjoyed four appearances and scored for the under-23s in an EFL Trophy win over Ipswich Town in September.

Speaking of his move to the North London outfit, George Lewis told VG that “Of course, I was surprised when I first heard about the interest, I think everyone was.

“It has been a big leap in terms of level, but I feel I have handled it well.

“It was a challenge that I felt ready to take on.
Lewis signed a two-year contract at Arsenal, who have the option to extend his deal by a further year.

The 20-year-old said he is keen to prove his doubters wrong and make an impact whenever he plays while his target is to play for the first-team in the nearest future. He is aware of Mikel Arteta’s belief in youth football but he has to work his way through.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.