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Report: Arsenal in talks with 6ft 5in talent over new contract

Arsenal are reportedly in talks with academy goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo over a new contract, according to

The 19-year-old has come through the ranks at Hale End after joining the Gunners setup aged seven.

He penned his first professional contract with the north London club in September 2018 along with Bukayo Saka.

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Okonkwo has made eight appearances at age level this season and has regularly trained with Arsenal’s first team and, making three Europa League matchday squads. claims that teams in France, Belgium and Portugal have expressed an interest in the 6ft 5in stopper, who will be out of contract this summer.

However, the outlet also claims that contract talks are underway between club and player, with a potential loan move on the cards next season once he pens a new deal.

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Okonkwo’s time in the Arsenal academy hasn’t been smooth sailing, with a health issue ruling him out for most of last season, but he’s now very much back on track.

The Gunners have had their fair share of goalkeeping issues this term, with Bernd Leno making the odd error and Alex Runarsson struggling to make an impact.

Okonkwo is a talented young keeper and, though he potentially needs to get senior experience before he’s Arsenal first-team ready, there’ll be many people following his progress if/when he goes out on loan.

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