2022 Nigeria U23 call-up advances to Arsenal senior training

Posted : 25 August 2023
On Thursday, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta elevated 2022 Nigeria U23 Olympic invitee Tim Akinola to the first-team training, just before the Premier League match against Fulham at Emirates Stadium. 

The future of the promising defensive midfielder remains uncertain as the summer transfer window's closure approaches, having rejected a transfer to Neftchi Baku after a club-to-club agreement with Arsenal, due to complications in personal terms. 

Training alongside Gabriel Jesus, Akinola trained, though he hasn't yet debuted for Arsenal's first team despite joining from Huddersfield Town in 2020 and regularly practicing with senior players. 

Akinola's productive loan spell at Chesterfield, featuring 31 appearances, and his last U21 appearance for Arsenal was against Cambridge United in August 2022.


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