Ex-Arsenal prospect Arinse Uade makes shock non-league move

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Former Arsenal teenager Arinse Uade had a trial with Derby County in the summer, but has had to settle for a deal with non-league side Ilkeston Town.

Ex-Arsenal defender Arinse Uade has put pen to paper on a deal to sign for Northern Premier League side Ilkeston Town. 

The 19-year-old, who was on the fringes of the Gunners' Under-21 side, has struggled to find a new club since his release from the Emirates in the summer.

After leaving North London, Uade joined up with Steve McClaren at Derby County but failed to convince the former England boss to offer him a deal at the club. 

He later worked with former Rams and Motherwell midfielder Simo Valakari at SJK in Finland, but he has moved back to England to sign terms with non-league outfit Ilkeston. 

Commenting on the signing, Ilkeston boss Kevin Wilson was quoted as saying in the Derbyshire Telegraph: ''Arinse has a good pedigree and it will be exciting to see him play.

''Once he gets international clearance, he will get a game.'' 

Last season, despite struggling to make an impact in the Arsenal Under-21 side, the young defender was invited to train with the Arsenal first team in the absence of left-back Kieran Gibbs, as reported on talkSPORT.

Despite his struggle to make the step up at Arsenal, few would have thought the former Nigerian Under-17 international would have had to settle for a non-league side when leaving the Premier League outfit in the summer.

Nevertheless, he can now settle at Ilkeston and set out to catch the eye of scouts of bigger clubs in the local area. In recent times, Che Adams and Ben Pringle have both gone on to make relatively high-profile moves from the same club, with the former reportedly interesting Premier League sides before his move to Sheffield United. 

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