Arsenal midfielder Kelechi Nwakali is not closing in on an Arsenal exit despite media speculation. His brother has told All Nigeria Soccer that Nwakali is not on the verge of joining SD Huesca contrary to reports.
However, he added that the 21-year-old is likely to leave Arsenal this summer. Although the reports linking him with an imminent move to SD Huesca are wide of the mark, Nwakali is still likely to depart Arsenal – either on loan or permanently.
The once-capped Nigeria international has never played a senior game for the Gunners. But he has tasted some first-team action during loan spells away from the club.
In his short career, Nwakali has spent time with MVV Maastricht (twice), VVV Venlo and FC Porto B. He has racked up a total of 80 career appearances so far. But his future at Arsenal looks bleak.
Speaking to All Nigeria Soccer, Kelechi Nwakali’s brother said: “The news [that Kelechi Nwakali is set to join SD Huesca on a free transfer] is not correct, nothing like that for now. If Kelechi is joining a new club, I’ll be the first person to know.
”I know Kelechi will leave Arsenal either on loan or permanent deal, clubs are coming for him. By God’s grace I know we will be able to get a better club and a club that can play him each game, it’s not all about the money.”
Time to move on for Kelechi Nwakali
Nwakali is now 21 and this is a vital stage in his career. He is clearly not going to make the Arsenal first-team for next season so he should be let go for the sake of his career.
Reports of a free transfer might still be accurate because Arsenal do not need the young midfielder. But the player is clearly holding out for a better offer than SD Huesca, who are playing in the Spanish second tier this season after their La Liga relegation in May.