Arsenal in talks to loan 21yo to Europa League side

Arsenal is in talks with Sturm Graz about loaning out Arthur Okonkwo, with the option to terminate his Crewe Alexandra loan early.

The Athletic report that Strum Graz is in talks with Arsenal over loaning Arthur Okonkwo for the second half of the season.

Okonkwo is currently on loan with Crewe Alexandra, but Arsenal have the option to end that spell early, and they could take it up to send the goalkeeper to Austria instead.

This update confirms rumors over the last couple of days of Sturm Graz’s interest in Okonkwo, with Arsenal Youth reporting that they were after him.

That report added that it hasn’t yet been officially confirmed whether Okonkwo has been recalled from Crewe.

Up until now, Okonkwo hasn’t missed a minute of league action since he joined the League Two club on loan.

Sturm Graz is second in the Austrian Bundesliga, and they return to competitive action in February, after their winter break.

Okonkwo kept his 10th clean sheet of the loan season against AFC Wimbledon last Saturday, nine in League Two and one in the FA Cup.

All but one of Okonkwo’s ten clean sheets have come in 0-0 draws or 1-0 victories. So, on nine occasions, his clean sheet earned Crewe a point, all three points, or advancement to the next round.

“Arthur has set League Two alight with back-to-back penalty saves and multiple game-changing saves,” wrote the Real EFL. Crewe has been transformed by him, adding some stability to their back line.”


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