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NEWS UPDATE: Arsenal: Why I promoted Okonkwo, Balogun to first team – Mikel Arteta

Arsenal chief, Mikel Arteta, has said that he advanced Nigerian drops, Arthur Okonkwo and Folarin Balogun, to his crew first-group since they have raised the level of the Gunners’ academy.

Arteta accepts both Okonkwo and Balogun are currently adult to where they can’t play in the institute, adding that he needed to make space for them in Arsenal’s first team.

The Spaniard added that the two players have the craving and they showed the longing to remain at Arsenal and battle to get one of the principal group regulars.

Arteta expressed this in front of Arsenal’s Florida Cup tie against Inter Milan on Sunday.

Speaking on Okonkwo and Balogun’s advancement, Arteta told Arsenal media, “It is great.

“That is the main thing they need to understand, the difficult work isn’t done at this point. The difficult work will begin at the present time, and the assumptions start at the present time and in the event that they have this mindset, they have the potential, we put stock in them and they will have the opportunities.”

“Both of them are truly unique and yet practically the same,” Arteta added.

“They have both raised the level of the foundation to the point that it wasn’t anything else for them, so we needed to hope to make the space around the main group for them to have the option to create in the manner that we need them to.

“I think they are the right age and they have space in the crew to do that and they have the craving and they showed the longing to remain at the football club and battle to get one of the principal group regulars.”





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