Nigerian teenager, Xavier Amaechi has expressed his happiness at signing a new contract with English Premier League side Arsenal.
The Gunners confirmed via their official website on Friday that Xavier Amaechi has signed his first professional contract with the club.
Although the duration of the deal signed by Amaechi has not been disclosed, players under the age of 18 cannot sign a professional contract for a term longer than three years.
In his first words as a professional player, Amaechi posted on Twitter : ”Delighted to sign my first professional contract with @arsenal and nice to enjoy this day on my 17th birthday 🎉 the hard work continues⚽️.”
The pacy winger would be hoping to follow in the footsteps of fellow Hale End Academy graduates Chuba Akpom and Alex Iwobi who rose through the ranks before making their first team debuts for Arsenal.
Xavier Amaechi made his maiden appearance for the Gunners U23 squad against Swansea City in November 2017.
Meanwhile, EFL League One club Oxford United have confirmed that English-born goalkeeper of Nigerian descent Manny Agboola has been loaned out to National League South outfit Hampton and Richmond.
The two clubs have reached an agreement which stipulates that Agboola will remain at Hampton and Richmond for the next one month.
The teenager recently returned to Oxford United after a loan spell at North Leigh.
He could made his debut for Hampton and Richmond in Saturday’s match with Hempel Hempstead in the National League South.
Agboola is being tipped to break into the first team of Oxford United in the not too distant future after making the match day squads for FA Cup games against Newcastle and Middlesbrough last season.
The highly-rated goalkeeper has committed his international future to Nigeria ahead of his country of birth, and hopes to represent the Dream Team VII at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.