Schoolboy striker of Nigerian descent makes competitive debut for Arsenal U21s

Published: February 01, 2023
Schoolboy striker of Nigerian descent makes competitive debut for Arsenal U21s

Talented striker of Nigerian descent Daniel Oyetunde made his competitive debut for Arsenal's development squad in a dead rubber Premier League Cup clash against Burnley at Meadow Park on Tuesday.


The Gunners U21s had already secured passage to the last sixteen before the visit of the Clarets, so manager Mehmet Ali gave minutes to several U18 players. 


Oyetunde is currently a schoolboy at Arsenal and is expected to sign a scholarship deal with the north London club before the start of the 2023-2024 season.


He received his first call-up for an U18 game last weekend in a 2-2 draw with Fulham in the U18 Premier League, coming off the bench for the last thirteen minutes. 


Three days after his competitive bow for the U18s, he was included in the matchday squad for the visit of Burnley and entered the game as a substitute for his U21 debut in the 77th minute. 


Arsenal and Burnley headed into the interval level as goals from Robinson and Cîrjan canceled out efforts from Westley and Lewis, but the visitors secured all three points courtesy of Grant's goal in the 51st minute. 


Arsenal have loaned out several players of Nigerian descent who are eligible to play for the U21s, including Tim Akinola, Miguel Azeez, Ovie Ejeheri, Nathan Butler-Oyedeji and Mazeed Ogungbo. 



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