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Kelechi Nwakali has been training with the Arsenal U23s in anticipation of an expected loan move this summer.
The young Nigerian had a strong performance with Maastricht in the Netherlands second tier, almost helping them to promotion to the top flight Eredivise, neting in their 3-2 aggregate semi-final win.
Now he is back at ht etraining ground with Arsenal, the plan is to loan him out back for the 2017-18 season as he still hasn’t secured a work permit. Kelechi himself seems delighted with the situation, tweeting earlier in the month that he had had a good talk with Arsene Wenger.
The midfielder’s contract with the Gunners is still valid for another four years. Arsenal have stiff competition for a starting place, so it will be essential Nwakali can get regular playing time at a higher level than the Arsenal reserves.
Arsenal are hoping to get secure Nwakali a work permit as soon as possible so next year he can take part in the pre-season preparations with the first team.