The 18-year-old goalkeeper has entrusted his future to the Gunners after establishing himself in the club’s youth
Ovie Ejeheri has signed his first professional contract with the Premier League team Arsenal.
The goalkeeper joined North London at the age of eight and thanks to his steady progress, he was promoted to the U18 national team in 2019.
In the 2020/21 season, Ejeheri was drafted into the U23 squad, where he was only able to collect three appearances.
The 18-year-old is still at the beginning of his career and is expected to continue his development under coach Kevin Betsy at Meadow Park.
“Ovie Ejeheri has signed his first professional contract”, a Statement from the English toplight giants read.
“The 18-year-old goalkeeper came to our academy at the age of eight. As an outstanding goalkeeper, Ovie has developed through the Arsenal Academy’s age groups and made it into the matchday squad for our U23 team three times last season.
“Everyone at Arsenal would like to congratulate Ovie on his first professional contract and we look forward to his further development.”
In 2020 he was invited to England’s goalkeeper training camp. This invitation gave him the chance to join the English squad for the 2021 FIFA U20 World Cup, which was billed for Indonesia.
Unfortunately, the tournament was canceled due to the Covid-19 outbreak that was affecting football-related activities around the world.
Meanwhile, Ejeheri attributed his steady rise to the efforts of his parents even in difficult times.
“This is a very special day for me,” he said.
“My mother and father have helped me throughout my career and brought me to training, even if it was very, very difficult for them.
“Well, it’s a good moment for me and her. I am very happy to continue this journey. “
The goalkeeper, who was born in Greenwich in London and has a Nigerian father and a Ugandan mother, could spark a selection battle between Uganda, Nigeria and England in the future.
Ejeheri, whose football role model is the Italian Gianluigi Buffon, had said gate about his desire to represent the Super Eagles and the heights he would like to reach.
“My goal over the next three years is to play regularly in the first team at club level and to represent England or Nigeria at international level,” he said Gate.
“I’m looking forward to the challenges of professional and international football at the highest level.”