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Arsenal summer signing Kelechi Nwakali has joined Eredivisie side MVV Maastricht on a season-long loan, the club has confirmed.
The midfielder signed for Arsenal in the summer transfer window and was immediately told he will leave the club on loan.
Arsenal agreed the deal with Maastricht to take the midfielder on loan before the transfer window closed last month but the move was delayed because of the process of securing a work permit for the midfielder.
The process to secure a work permit fot the player was completed thereby making the move official.
A statement on Arsenal’s official website read:
“With his Dutch work permit now granted, the young midfielder heads to Maastricht to gain first-team experience.”
“He will join up with new Gunners teammate Stefan O’Connor, who is also on loan with the Eerste Divisie side. “We wish Kelechi well for the season ahead.”
Nwakali was a star performer in the Under 17 world cup held in Chile last year. His performances attracted interest from a lot of clubs but it was Arsenal who won the race to sign the Nigerian.
Arsenal agreed a fee for the midfielder with his former club Diamond Football Academy but the move was not made official until after the player turned 18 in June.