Arsenal have signed 19-year-old midfielder Tim Akinola following his release from Huddersfield last month.
Akinola struggled to break into the Terriers’ senior team last season. So, he spent time at non-league outfit Brighouse Town F.C.
However, The Athletic reports that Gunners transfer chiefs Per Mertesacker and Lee Herron decided Akinola deserved some attention.
He will now play for Arsenal’s U23s for the upcoming campaign, with the aim of developing into a first-team player in the coming years.
A statement from the football club read that “Yesterday we signed 19 year old midfielder Tim Akinola.
Born in England but also eligible to play for Nigeria, he was recently released by Huddersfield.
Apparently this signing has come as a result of him impressing our staff via video analysis, and not following a trial period.
“We watched a couple of videos of him yesterday and he certainly looks combative. The videos were basically compilations of him snapping into aggressive, accurate slide tackles.”
Akinola, who is eligible for England and Nigeria, is Arsenal’s fifth permanent signing this season.
But the club’s main priority remains keeping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang beyond the end of his current contract, which expires next season.
talkSPORT understands the striker has agreed a new contract with Arsenal, with the club only waiting for the striker to return from holiday to announce the news.