Foreign Football News

Arsenal loanee makes winning debut 1 day after signing

Arthur Okonkwo with Crewe Alexandra (Photo via Crewe on Twitter)

Arthur Okonkwo with Crewe Alexandra (Photo via Crewe on Twitter)
Arthur Okonkwo with Crewe Alexandra (Photo via Crewe on Twitter)

One of a couple of loan moves this week, Arsenal goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo only officially completed his temporary transfer to Crewe Alexandra on Friday.

Yet the goalkeeper was straight into the starting lineup as Crewe travelled to Rochdale on Saturday, playing the full 90 minutes.

The match wasn’t just Okonkwo’s League Two debut for Crewe, it was also his first game in senior football.

More on Naija News:  AFCON 2021 round of 16: Fixtures, Date, Time, Venue

With the exception of the EFL Trophy (playing for the Arsenal u21s against senior League One and Two opposition), Okonkwo had only ever made the bench in first-team matches for Arsenal.

The good news is that Okonkwo got off to a winning start. Though he didn’t keep a clean sheet, his team finished 2-1 victors as he made three saves to ensure that victory.

More on Naija News:  Club World Cup draw 2021: Chelsea & Palmeiras straight in Semi-Finals
Arthur Okonkwo saving a penalty against Plymouth Argyle (Photo via Arete on Twitter)
Arthur Okonkwo saving a penalty for Arsenal against Plymouth Argyle (Photo via Arete on Twitter)

It’s never a bad thing to get a debut win, but it’s perhaps just as important that Okonkwo was involved at all.

The longer a loan goes on without a debut, the more nervous you get that the player will be a regular starter. That’s particularly true for goalkeepers.

More on Naija News:  PSG sporting director calls Dembele's agent on camera

Arsenal fans may remember Emi Martinez’s loan to Getafe, when he made the squad 38 times but played just six matches. It’s much harder to break in than to keep your place.

Thankfully, it doesn’t look like Okonkwo has to worry about that.

Source: Daily Cannon

Olajire Taofeek
I've been a freelance web developer and blogger for a while now, and I have passion for both. Like most men, I'm a football lover, infact I prefer playing to watching matches. Personally, I believe with dedication there's no limit to what we can achieve. Yes, we all have the power and ability to do that. You can contact me via [email protected] for your web design and development gigs.

You may also like


Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published.