Wenger to assess Nwakali through Thursday’s U23 friendly

Kelechi Nwakali will feature for Arsenal U-23 team against Barnet…on Thursday.

Highly-rated Nigerian youth international, Kelechi Nwakali is in line to play for Arsenal when they take on Barnet in a pre season game on Thursday, reports owngoalnigeria.com.

Nwakali had a fairly productive spell on loan to Dutch second division side, MVV Maastricht last season, but he is still not eligible to play in England, as he has not been issued a work permit by the Home Office.

However, he is back at the club, where he is training with the U23s preparing to take on Barnet on Thursday in front of manager, Arsene Wenger, according to a statement on the official website of Arsenal.

The game will afford the manager the opportunity to run the rule on the 18-year-old, who captained Nigeria to the U-17 World Youth Championship title in 2015, and also widely voted as the club’s best player among the players who went on loan last season.

It is a tradition for Arsenal to play Barnet during pre-season, and Nwakali won’t need a work permit to play in the tie as it is unofficial, with several Arsenal players, who are not yet qualified for a work permit, have in the past played in the game.

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