Former Arsenal midfielder Kelechi Nwakali still dreams of playing at the Emirates despite leaving the club on a permanent transfer this summer.
The 21-year-old has joined Huesca after a series of loans away from North London, but the Nigerian still has big hopes at Arsenal, and also has a buy-back clause within his contract.
The midfielder told SCORENigeria that he could still make a return to his “dream club” despite signing a three-year deal with second-tier Spanish side Huesca.
“Arsenal are my dream club,” he said.
“I have joined Huesca so as to get enough playing time and be back on track (with my career).
“And one thing is sure – it’s not over yet for me at Arsenal because there’s a buy-back option in my contract as well.
“At the end of the contract, it will be whether I’m going back to Arsenal or moving on from there.”
Kelechi Nwakali’s departure is a deal which probably suits all parties. Given that Nwakali is now 21, if he really wants to see himself playing for Arsenal one day, then this move is likely to be imperative.
The fact he is at his age and has not ever made an appearance for Arsenal’s first-team proves that he was a long way off making Arsenal’s squad, so if he is to in the future he needs to prove himself at a higher level.
The highest level Nwakali has previously played at would have to be the Eredivisie, where he played nine games for VVV-Venlo during the 17/18 season, bagging once. Last season he went on loan to Porto B, where he played in the second tier of Portugal.
If Nwakali is to prove himself as a player that can play at Arsenal’s level then he needs to blossom at Huesca sooner rather than later.
It’s not impossible for Nwakali to get his dream move back to Arsenal, however, it is such a difficult task right now.
With Arsenal having a wealth of attacking midfielders available within the squad currently with even the much more established Henrikh Mkhitaryan allowed to leave, and another crop of youngsters coming through in the likes of Emile Smith-Rowe, there isn’t really space for players who haven’t proven to be of a certain level right now.
A good start for the player would be by standing out for Huesca and by helping them return to La Liga after they were relegated to the Segunda division last year.
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