The Arsenal boss was addressing the media before his side’s upcoming FA Cup fourth round clash and admits he is hopeful of adding the two Nigerian youth stars before Monday’s deadline.
“Talks are progressing well. There are work permit issues. There are medical issues, because they have to make medicals. It’s progressing well,” Wenger explained, quoted by London Evening Standard.
“We identified Nwakali as the player of the tournament [last year’s Fifa Under-17 World Cup], basically, and as a top player.”
“We will see if we can manage to get it over the line during this transfer period. [If we can], we will do it. Chukwueze is [signing] as well.”
Wenger isn’t usually a fan of transfer during the winter market yet that hasn’t stopped him from bolstering his squad with the addition of Mohamed Elneny while also looking at his youth teams.
Nwakali, 17, and Chukwueze, 16, have been targeted as players for the future after impressing immensely during the recent U17 World Cup where Nwakali won the Player of the Tournament honour.
The 17-year-old is predominantly an attacking midfielder, possessing plenty of pace, agility and awareness as he drove the Nigerian youth side on to the latter stages of the finals.
Most Arsenal supporters will be a little miffed the club haven’t made any high-profile additions this month, yet the imminent returns of Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla will give the team a big boost.
The Gunners are still very much in the mix for the Premier League title, while a third straight FA Cup success remains a realistic goal plus there is the small matter of taking on Barcelona in Europe.