Monday, May 16

Arsenal Snap Up Nigerian Youngsters, Dinzeyi and Akinola On Recruitment Drive For U23 Squad

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Frankie Omokhua

Former Tottenham youngster, Jonathan Dinzeyi is reportedly set to join the club’s bitter rivals, Arsenal after being released last month.

The 20-year-old, who plays as a centre-back, featured only once for the first team in a friendly against Italian side, Girona in 2018 – failing to make a competitive appearance.

Arsenal are seeking to bolster their youth set-up with former defender, Per Mertesacker, in charge of youth development, and according to reports, the club have secured both Dinzeyi and former Huddersfield midfielder, Tim Akinola.

The Gunners are planning to send a number of youngsters out on loan for the 2020-21, meaning they will need reinforcements to develop at the club in the Under-23 team before challenging Mikel Arteta’s side. 

Akinola, 19, was also released from his contract at Huddersfield after struggling to break through to the Terrier’s first team.

Dinzeyi will be eager to prove his old side wrong after he also failed to emerge as one of the next big prospects at Spurs, as he was forced to watch fellow academy star Japhet Tanganga move up and be given opportunities under Jose Mourinho.

Instead, he spent time on trial at QPR last season before returning to the club for the remainder of his deal.

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