Inspired by the Gunners’ youth team, the teen has now progressed to the club’s senior squad
Arthur O’Connor has been promoted to Arsenal’s first team. The English Premier League club has confirmed.
The 19-year-old goalkeeper has joined the club’s senior team after signing a long-term contract with the Emirates Stadium giants.
O’Keefe has been with the Gunners as an Under-9 player before being signed as a Scholar in July 2018.
In the 2020-21 campaign, he trained regularly with the first team and also traveled with the squad as the third-choice goal.
Club manager Michael Artita is excited to see the youngster join his team and looks forward to improving and improving his goalkeeping.
“We welcome Arthur to the first team. We are delighted that another player from the academy has come to the club through our system, “said Spaniard. Club website
“With Arthur’s tremendous talent and hard work, we thank our colleagues at the academy in recent years that they are developing Arthur to get to this point. They are doing a great job with the development of the players here. And they should be really proud.
“Arthur was working with the first team last season and traveling a lot and we’ve all seen the quality of it already.
“He is a strong young goalkeeper with great potential and we are very happy that he has signed a new contract. He has got his place in the first team squad.
“Arthur will now join us in training every day, where we look forward to continuing to develop and improve our goalkeeping.
“I know that all our fans will join me in congratulating Arthur on this positive step in his career.”
This sentiment was echoed by Arsenal’s technical director and former Brazil international Edu.
“The work of our academy and the development of young players for the first team is a big part of what we stand for as a club,” he said.
They have produced some great players in recent years who have a special relationship with the club and our fans.
“It’s great that we have our third goalkeeper who has progressed from our academy and we look forward to seeing more young players come in. Arthur has worked hard to achieve that and we believe It will have an exciting future. “
O’Connor will wear the number 33 jersey for the 2021-22 campaign as he hopes to compete for a place in the starting XI against runners Alex Runnerson and Bernd Leno.
Born to Nigerian parents in London, he is able to represent the Super Eagles at the senior level despite playing for England at the U16, 17, and U18 levels.