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SIGNED | Goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo arrives on season-long loan

Arsenal academy graduate bolsters goalkeeping department

1 September 2023

Wrexham AFC are pleased to announce the signing of Arsenal goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo on a season-long loan.

The 6’6” goalkeeper has been with Arsenal’s academy since 2009 and has represented the Club in the EFL Trophy.

He also spent last season on loan with Crewe Alexandra and Stum Graz – winning the Austrian Cup with the latter – and now arrives at the STōK Cae Ras until the end of the 2023/24 campaign.

On signing for Wrexham, he said: “I know that the Club had a great season last year, and it’s good to see how the Club has a plan to progress up the leagues.

“The passion the fans, the owners and the Club have to keep moving forward is really good.”

Okonkwo is born and bred in London, and signed for Arsenal’s academy aged eight, rising quickly through the ranks.

He was still registered as an Under-15s when he first appeared in the Under-18s’ match-day squad and was 17 when he first represented the Under-23s.

Capped by England at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18 level, Okonkwo played two EFL Trophy matches for Arsenal and then moved on loan to Crewe last season.

He kept ten clean sheets in 26 appearances for the Gresty Road team, and then headed to Austria to end the 2022/23 season on loan at Stum Graz.

On his signing, Wrexham AFC manager Phil Parkinson said: “I’d like to welcome Arthur to the Club, he’s a talented young goalkeeper and he’s going to be a great addition to the squad this season.”

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