Arsenal talent Okonkwo hailed by Crewe coach

Arsenal goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo is currently on loan at League Two outfit Crewe Alexandra.

The Gunners gem has been a mainstay of the Alex first-team this term, making 19 appearances in all competitions.

And Crewe goalkeeping coach Fred Barber has been speaking about Okonkwo on their official club website.

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He said the Arsenal talent can go straight to the top thanks to his talent, work rate and attitude.

“The world is his oyster, he can be whatever he wants to be,” said Barber.

β€œHe is a good learner, a good listener, and he’s coming on a lot.

“He’s got great physical attributes and he is talented, and he is prepared to work very hard to get better.”

Okonkwo was in and around the Arsenal first team for a while, prior to his summer loan move.

However, he is yet to make a competitive senior appearance for the Gunners.

Okonkwo linked up with Crewe to gain first-team experience, and he has been superb for the fourth-tier side.

At the weekend, he kept his third clean sheet in a row, making seven saves in a 1-0 win over Swindon Town.

Okonkwo made the League Two Team of the Week thanks to his efforts in Wiltshire.

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‘A real asset’

Interim Crewe boss Lee Bell praised the 6ft 6in Arsenal gem earlier this week.

“Arthur is a real learner,” Bell told the Crewe website. “That’s the biggest compliment I can give him, he’s willing to learn.

“He’s been willing to take himself out of his comfort zone by taking possibly the toughest loan he could have done, away from his family and friends.

β€œHe’s been a real asset and long may that continue. Because he’s a learner, it means he will only get better.”

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