bukayo saka and arthur okonkwo sign professional contracts with arsenal

11:29    18 Sep 2018

Arthur Okonkwo
African duo Bukayo Saka and Arthur Okonkwo have signed their first professional contracts with English Premier League (EPL) giants Arsenal FC.

Saka, who is of Nigerian descent, played a key part in the Gunners' under-18s side last season made four appearances for the under-23s side.

The 17-year-old winger is also an England under-18 international and he is still eligible to play for the Super Eagle of Nigeria.

Okonkwo also featured prominently for Arsenal's under-18s side last season.

The 6ft 5in goalkeeper trained with the Arsenal first team last season ahead of a Carabao Cup fixture.

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Okonkwo, who is also of Nigerian descent, has since featured in a number of the Arsenal under-21s and under-23s games.

The young shot-stopper is also an England under-17 international, but he can still play for the Super Eagles.

Arsenal academy manager Per Mertesacker hailed Saka and Okonkwo when speaking to the club's official website.

“Bukayo and Arthur are talented players, who have both excelled through our Hale End Academy," Mertesacker said.

"We are delighted that they have signed their first professional contracts with us and we look forward to supporting them further through their development.“

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