arsenal starlet arthur okonkwo learning from legendary peter cech

11:30    27 Sep 2018

Arthur Okonkwo
Arsenal FC goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo has revealed that he is learning from former Czech Republic captain Peter Cech.

The 17-year-old recently signed a professional contract with the English Premier League (EPL) giants and he is now spending some time with the club's first team.

Okonkwo, who is of Nigerian descent, spoke about his role model David De Gea of Manchester United and his club-mate Peter Cech, who is one of the top keepers in the EPL.

"The only position I’ve ever played is goalkeeper. I began as a seven-year-old at Hampstead Academy and then with a club called Lindus Park. While I was with them the coach arranged for me to have a trial at Arsenal and I’ve been a Gunner ever since," Okonkwo said on the club's official website.

"I tried playing outfield but it wasn’t for me. I enjoyed the thrill of making saves – the more spectacular the better. I suppose that’s why I like watching David De Gea play more than others.

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"He’s an instinctive goalkeeper who makes fantastic reaction saves, although I do watch all goalkeepers to see what I can learn. I’ll watch a game and enjoy the overall play, but I scrutinise what the keepers do in more detail," he continued.

"Although there’s no particular keeper I look to learn from I’m lucky to be around someone like Petr Cech, who makes an effort to help me develop. I’m looking to improve all aspects of my play, but particularly my left foot.

"I like the different drills, and my favourite is the crossbar challenge. I start off trying to hit the bar with my left foot from the penalty spot, then move five or ten yards further back, and then move back again. That helps me develop power and accuracy."

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