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Southend United boss over the moon to sign Arsenal youngster James Olayinka on loan


Southend United boss over the moon to sign Arsenal youngster James Olayinka on loan

Arsenal have plenty of talented youngsters trying to break their way into the first-team at the moment, meaning some need to head away from the club on loan to secure regular first-team football. 

That was the case this week for exciting 20-year-old midfielder James Olayinka. 

The Londoner, who finished last season on loan at Northampton Town, will be playing his football in League Two with Southend United until January and it is a deal that has manager Mark Molelsely very excited. 

“He’s been well identified to us from our recruitment team and comes well recommended from people in and around Arsenal,” the Southend boss told the Basildon, Canvey and Southend Echo. “The good thing about James is he can play a couple of different positions and that’s because of his physicality and energy.

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 27: (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

“Coming out of Arsenal he’s going to be technically good but definitely his work ethic, energy and athleticism stuck out to us straight away…

“…I’m really excited to go to work with him over the coming months and I’d like to thank the chairman for supporting us again to get the deal done.”


Olayinka was on the Arsenal bench for the Community Shield win over Liverpool at the start of the season and it is clear that the Gunners are keeping an eye on the player as a potential first-team option in the long-term future. 

A versatile player, a move away on loan will hopefully help the Gunners starlet find out his best position. 

It looks set to be a tough period for the youngster. The Shrimpers are currently bottom of the Football League and remain without a win in League Two this season following a defeat to Cheltenham Town yesterday. 

Arsenal fans will hope Olayinka can prove a top recruit for the League Two side and take a step closer to being a first-team option at The Emirates going forward. 

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