Arsenal signs another Nigerian youngstar


Marc Bola

The number of Nigerians in Arsenal’s main team continues to increase, as the London club has given young defender, Marc Bola, who has England and Nigeria nationalities, a professional contract.

The 18 year-old defender helped Arsenal’s under-18s to the FA Youth Cup semi-finals this term, as well as stepping up to become a regular for the club’s under-21s.

In Europe, he was part of the under-19s side to reach the knockout stages of the UEFA Youth League earlier in the season.
Arsenal recently signed Golden Eaglets’ duo of Kelechi Nwakali and Samuel Chukwueze.

Already in Arsenal’s main team are Alex Iwobi and Chuba Akpom, who is however on loan.

Super Falcons’ striker, Asisat Oshoala, recently joined Arsenal Ladies from Liverpool.

In announcing the elevation of Bola to the main team, Arsenal said: “Everyone at Arsenal looks forward to Marc’s continued development at the club.”

The youngster himself tweeted his delight.

“Pleased on Signing My First Professional Contract At My Dream Club,” he said.

The 18-year-old defender, helped the U18s reach the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup this season, has come through the Arsenal Academy.

He was recently promoted to the Arsenal U21s.

The central defender or left back is athletic and very good in the air.

Bola was an ever-present in the under-18s’ back line last season.

The Arsenal official website said of Bola: “Equally adept on the left or in the heart of defence, the powerful teenager was often called up to the under-21s as cover and he caught the eye with several encouraging performances for Steve Gatting’s side.

“The lively defender has shown plenty of promise so far and will be hoping to continue his development by featuring for the under-21s on a more regular basis this term.”

Two other Nigerian youth players are in the Arsenal youth team, including Chiori Johnson and Tolaji Bola, both defenders.

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  • peaceman

    I am very pleased with the development. It goes to show that there is hope for the super Eagle in future. These kids are in good hands and they will develop quickly as lwobi has shown.


      Yes, if there parents are not as greedy as Mikel`s father.

      • Mikel’s father is less greedy than yours. that is why Mikel has done much better than you.

  • Patrick Abe

    They couldn’t have gone to a better club. Arsene Wenger has the knack turning half talents into superstars.

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  • joseph Bassey

    Well done Wenger and my Arsenal FC, Nigerian boys please continue to put in your very best both in training and matches. I wish you all the best. God bless Nigeria

  • emmanuel kalu

    Now is the time for Nigeria FA if functioning, so be trying to get him to commit to Nigeria.