By Izuchukwu Okosi
Flying Eagles captain Kelechi Nwakali on Monday left a cryptic message on social media which suggests that his expected move to Arsenal has been agreed.
The Diamond Academy of Umuahia product was at the London Colney in January to meet with manager Arsene Wenger.
The recent reports in England suggest the FIFA U-17 World Cup winning captain in 2015 with Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets has signed a five-year contract with the Gunners.
After helping Nigeria’s U-20 team defeat Burundi 2-1 in the return leg of the 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations preliminary round of qualifiers in which he scored a beautiful freekick at the UJ Eusene Stadium Calabar on Saturday, Nwakali said he is ready for the new challenges at Arsenal.
“New life begins @ Arsenal” he wrote on Twitter and Facebook accompanied by pictures of him with manager Arsene Wenger, and defender Laurent Koscielny, and yet another where he is seen holding an Arsenal jersey.
Nwakali has demanded to be handed the jersey number 25 once donned by former Super Eagles star and two-time Africa Footballer of the Year Nwankwo Kanu who is regarded as the 13th greatest player of Arsenal of all time by the club’s faithful according to a 2008 poll.
The deal could reportedly be announced this week. Meanwhile the midfielder is expected to be part of the Gunners’ pre season friendlies in July.