Arsenal hand first professional deal to Celtic target Arthur Okonkwo

Arthur Okonkwo of Arsenal before the match between Blackpool and Arsenal at Bloomfield Road on March 20, 2018 in Blackpool, England.

Celtic won't be signing Arsenal's Arthur Okonkwo any time soon.

Arthur Okonkwo of Arsenal during the match between Blackpool and Arsenal at Bloomfield Road on March 20, 2018 in Blackpool, England.

Celtic managed to snap up one former Arsenal talent before the transfer deadline by snapping up 16-year-old ace Armstrong Okoflex – but one of his former teammates won't be following him.

Back in April, the Daily Record reported that Celtic were pursuing a deal for Arsenal goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo, as he had yet to sign a pro deal with the Gunners.

 

Okonkwo turned 17 earlier this month and was therefore eligible for a professional contract with Arsenal, with RB Leipzig also keeping close tabs on the teenager.

Either side could have attempted to lure Okonkwo away from North London, but their hopes have been officially ended in recent days.

Arsenal have confirmed on their official website that Okonkwo has put pen-to-paper on a first professional contract with the club, tying his future to Unai Emery's side.

Arthur Okonkwo of Arsenal during the Arsenal Youth Team Photocall at London Colney on August 7, 2018 in St Albans, England.

That now means that Celtic won't be able to lure Okonkwo to Scotland, or if they did still want to, it would be more of a struggle to prise him away from the Emirates Stadium.

Celtic may yet look for another young goalkeeper elsewhere, but their interest in Okonkwo won't lead to a reunion with Okoflex after the announcement.

Arthur Okonkwo of Arsenal before the match between Blackpool and Arsenal at Bloomfield Road on March 20, 2018 in Blackpool, England.

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